19/07/11 Minister Deenihan unveils the revamped National Print Museum

Jimmy Deenihan T.D., Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht today, Tuesday 19 July, unveils the National Print Museum’s revamped permanent exhibition and also officially opens Analogue, a photographic exhibition, at Beggars Bush Barracks.

The National Print Museum, the only one of its kind in Ireland, strives to preserve the history of printing. With its re-designed layout and interpretative material, the story of printing is now more accessible than ever. On exhibit is a representative display of the equipment and artefacts of the rich centuries-old printing heritage. Items include a replica Gutenberg press (on loan from The Tudors TV series) and an original 1916 Proclamation, along with a machine similar to the one it was printed on. In this digital age where information is at our fingertips, the National Print Museum offers the possibility to step back in time to discover traditional printing and appreciate the importance of the invention of the printed word.

Commenting on the exhibition, Minister Deenihan said “This revamped permanent exhibition is a welcome addition to this unique Museum. It will enable the National Print Museum to continue its work in preserving the history of printing through collecting documents, interpreting and making accessible the material evidence of printing craft in Ireland. As well as providing a fascinating tribute to the history of printing, the Museum also offers an opportunity to gain hands-on experience of the ancient craft of printing through workshops and handling sessions and open days.”

The Minister noted that the Museum is fully accredited under the Museum Standards Programme for Ireland, and also expressed his pleasure that the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht has awarded funding of €43,500 to the National Print Museum under the Extension to the Scheme to assist Local and Regional Museums. This funding was allocated to three projects: Preserving the History of Printing for Future Generations, Re-development of the Permanent Exhibition and Interpretation of the Permanent Exhibition.

Analogue, a photographic exhibition of retired printers and typesetters at work in the Museum by Fionn McCann, also opens on 19 July.

For further information contact: Carla Marrinan (Manager),  carlamarrinan@nationalprintmuseum.ie or 01 6603770


Notes to editor

Opening: 18.30-20.30 on Tuesday 19 July 2011

Website: www.nationalprintmuseum.ie

Address: Garrison Chapel, Beggars Bush Barracks, Haddington Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4

Opening hours: Mon – Fri 09.00-17.00, Sat and Sun 14.00-17.00, closed Bank Holiday weekends

Admission: €3.50, €2 concession, €7 family

Activities: Guided tours, demonstration days, workshops, lectures, outreach, temporary exhibitions, FAS LTI etc.

Facilities: Shop and Gutenberg Café


Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, 23 Kildare Street, Dublin , D02 TD30. Tel: 01 631 3800 / LoCall: 1890 383 000

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