25 August, 2022
Annual Report 2021 Highlights
For our Annual Report 2021 we decided to use a video format to report on our work. Here’s the link.
Highlights from a year that saw another 6 months of the museum building being closed due to the pandemic include:
- the brilliant ‘Museum at Home’ – supporting parents and schools in the education of children during lockdowns;
- the delivery of the Hunt Museum in a Garden providing a really wonderful central Limerick public realm space, open 24 hours, 7 days a week for all to enjoy;
- the Three Muses Joint Education Project with the Limerick City Gallery of Art and the Limerick City Museum which goes from strength to strength in the provision of curricula related content across 3 key Limerick cultural organisations.
- the beautiful A Wild Atlantic Way Summer Exhibition and the exciting Ride a Flying Fish exhibition
- the continued community engagement thanks to the Docents and Friends and work of many of the staff.
“The Board notes, in particular, the successes directly resulting from our digitisation programme which commenced in 2018 placing the museum in a good position to shift the majority of its activities to an online platform and stay relevant throughout Lockdown periods. We remain confident that we will be able to deliver on all four priorities of the Strategic Plan and reach our Impact goals of: benefitting less advantaged communities, striving for active participation in cultural heritage, making the region more attractive for tourism and employment and stimulating continued pride in our local heritage. None of this would have been possible without the dedication of the staff of the museum and the support of all Directors of the Board of the Hunt Museum who contribute their time, expertise and interest selflessly. I also extend our utmost gratitude to the former chairperson of the Hunt Museum, Mr. John Moran. John’s vision, talents and passion for the Hunt Museum have positioned it on an extremely ambitious and exciting path and the Board of the Hunt Museum and staff are eternally grateful to John for his time as chairperson.”Donncha Ó Treasaigh, Chair of the Hunt Museum Board
Financially, the Hunt Museum performed well in 2021, diversifying it’s income streams, with welcome EU grant funding under the Horizon programmes and some additional national and local government grants alongside those of the Heritage Council and the crowdfunding campaigns of Fund a Cobble. It also attracted considerable sponsorship from EU embassies to Ireland, the Department for Foreign Affairs, Technological University of the Shannon and University of Limerick towards the Belonging Exhibition to be staged in 2022. We are very grateful to all of our partners and stakeholders and sponsors for the work and support given over 2021.
Links to Annual Report video & Financial Report
Notes for Editors
The Hunt Museum www.huntmuseum.com
The Hunt Museum holds one of Ireland’s greatest private collections of Art and Antiquities from the Neolithic period to the 20th century. Donated by John and Gertrude Hunt to the people of Ireland, this diverse collection is housed in The Custom House, a 18th Century Palladian style building in Limerick. The Hunt Museum is a centre of learning and civic life that preserves and uses its world class collections to support a greater understanding of our past and to deliver new collaborations and innovation. Public engagement is key to our approach with a full education programme and wide community participation in all our work.
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