Marcon completes fit-out of new Kilkenny Medieval Mile Museum
The 13th century St Mary’s Church is the finest example of a medieval church in Ireland and has been converted into a modern museum. The stunning venue will also available for select events and exhibitions.
Working closely with leading Edinburgh-based interpretive designers Bright, Marcon completed the intricate scheme which complements the architecture and blends traditional and contemporary features within St Mary’s Church.
Marcon was responsible for the manufacture and installation of all specialist joinery and corian plinths, graphics, conservation grade display cases and the coordination of all audio visual hardware. Kilkenny’s 800-year story is told with a contemporary twist within the new museum.
The customer experience contains a long colourful interactive touchscreen table that looks and operates like a giant iPad, an elongated plasma TV screen and projected imagery onto a giant wall allowing visitors to get immersed in the rich history with the aid of modern technology. Visitors are led to the priceless LiberPrimus Kilkenniensis – the First Book of Kilkenny dating from 1231, using intriguing floor projection.
Martin McErlean, Heritage Contracts Manager adds: “The fit-out of the Kilkenny Medieval Mile Museum was an enjoyable project to be involved in. It was a pleasure to work with the entire project team to bring the interpretive design to life. To see the restoration of St Mary’s church and the transformation of the building into a fully functioning museum was a rewarding experience for our heritage team. The combination of traditional and contemporary elements, the use of stone, timber and Corian throughout the space and the integration of audio visual displays and stunning showcases makes this project very special.”
Ewan McCarthy, Creative Director at Bright concludes: “Good interpretation should reveal stories in surprising ways. The exterior of the building closely guards its surprisingly contemporary interior which harmoniously blends new design with the stunning interior architecture. The history, stories of the building, its artefacts and the people who shaped Kilkenny are told through a varied palette of interpretation to create a museum which culturally enhances Kilkenny and delivers a new visitor attraction in the area.”
As the starting point of the ‘Medieval Mile’ trail, it brings to life Kilkenny’s history as Ireland’s premier medieval city. Displays of Kilkenny’s civic treasures and replicas of some of the High Crosses of Ossory illustrate the local Gaelic monastic heritage and the ancient city’s historic role in Ireland.Highlights of the interior include the ornate Rothe Chapel with exposed tombs belonging to the medieval merchant Rothe family and the Kilkenny Room with its unique collection of ancient papers and civic records dating back to the 1200s. The Kilkenny Room also houses the pure silver Civic Sword and Mace, dating back to 1609 and the historically significant “Liber primus Kilkenniensis,” from 1231 which stands as one of the most important records of medieval town life in Ireland.