The Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum partnered with the GAA Museum, Croke Park during the pandemic as part of the ‘Interpreting Museums Programme’.
This cross-border collaboration has strengthened relationships between the museums. The programme was organised in partnership with the Irish Museums Association and Northern Ireland Museums Council. It was funded by the Republic of Ireland’s Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht’s Cooperation with Northern Ireland scheme.
Alderman Michael Henderson MBE, Leisure & Community Development Chairman, speaking about the initiative, said: “The two museums embraced the opportunity to join together to learn about each other’s practices and to their share knowledge and skills. A short video poem showcases the outcome of the programme. It identifies the differences and similarities of these two distinct museums in attracting new audiences and continuing to engage existing ones. This opportunity has allowed these two facilities the chance to illustrate the importance of museums to all communities.
“Throughout the pandemic many of us have enjoyed the chance to learn new things. Our adaption to provide an online museum has allowed us to bring culture and history into homes across the world. I would encourage everyone to watch the video to hear and see how through education and the sharing of knowledge that museums across the island of Ireland are connected. Their specialisms may be different but each one has adapted due to COVID-19 to share their artefacts and displays with the public.”
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council is delighted that its museum will build on this new partnership and participate in further collaborative projects with the GAA Museum, Croke Park.