Titantic exhibition design team joins forces with Kilkenny’s Medieval Mile Museum
THE design team behind the world-renowned Belfast Titanic project have joined forces with Kilkenny’s Medieval Mile Museum for a landmark new exhibition.
The exhibition, titled 3 lives 3 deaths, one life unlived, will feature the three bodies found during excavations at the museum in 2016.
The project is now at an advanced stage following the appointment of exhibition design and installation experts Tandem Design, the company behind the Titanic Belfast and the 1916 centenary exhibition at the National Museum of Ireland.
Kilkenny’s Medieval Mile Museum manager said Tandem is “working closely with the Museum team to deliver a poignant exhibition that will provide a captivating insight into the poor and middle-classes of medieval Kilkenny”.
She added: “The bodies discovered during excavations three summers ago really captured the imagination of Kilkenny people and, indeed, members of the public much further afield. We were inundated with questions as to who these people were and what their lives were like.
“Archaeological and forensic analysis tells us that the remains are those of a woman in her 40s, a teenage girl, a 12year old child and an infant baby that lived in the city between 400 and 600 hundred years ago. 3lives, 3 deaths, One life unlived is the poignant title we have chosen for this new exhibition that will tell the fascinating story of what the daily lives of these women and children might have entailed; who they were and how they worked and lived.”
Tandem Design’s track record in exhibition design and interpretation includes Titanic Belfast, Seamus Heaney Homeplace, King John’s Castle, Derry Maritime Museum, the 1916 Centenary Exhibition and the National Library of Ireland.
The company has a Kilkenny connection too. Sheila Dooley, Tandem’s Interpretive Planner for the 3lives exhibition, is a Freshford native.
Ms Dooley said: “In everything we do the visitor experience is central. As a Kilkenny native, I’m delighted to be working with Grace and the museum team on this exhibition, creating a warm and thought-provoking story for visitors and one that really resonates. Our aim is to really connect the visitor with the lives of these medieval people.”
Local communications company Midas PR has been appointed to work alongside the Museum in publicising the exhibition. Midas PR director Alma Feeley has previously provided PR services to the National Museum of Ireland.
PHOTO CAPTION: Grace Fegan, Manager, Medieval Mile Museum (second from left) and Gráinne Ward, Fáilte Ireland (second from right) are pictured with Andrew Todd, Creative Director, Tandem Design (far left) and Sheila Dooley, Interpretive Planner, Tandem Design (far right). Exhibition design and installation experts, Tandem Design is working with the museum on the forthcoming 3 lives, 3 deaths, one life unlived exhibition that opens this summer. Pic: Vicky Comerford.