The Hunt Museum are going to take down the railings surrounding the Hunt Museum to 'Create a Museum in the Garden' in the heart of Limerick City. They are looking for your help to raise 15,000 on Fundit.ie in just six weeks.
Using scanning and 3D printing technologies, artefacts within the Hunt Museum, 'hidden' in collection cases, will be replicated in large form and installed in our newly landscaped garden, for all ages to play with and enjoy. A nationwide competition has given us a new exciting design and community groups will work with professionals in its delivery. As well as being a new and vibrant space in the heart of Limerick, Museum in the Garden will honour our great debt to the heroes and heroines on the frontline of Covid-19 and will forever commemorate this era-defining time in Ireland’s history.
Claire Flynn of the Limerick Mental Health Association commented: "In this time of enforced social isolation, with many people experiencing loneliness and mental health challenges, we realise more than ever the importance of community and open spaces. As the country re-emerges from quarantine, we want The Hunt Museum in the Garden to become a safe space for everyone."
The new garden has been designed by Nicola Haines, winner of our nationwide competition and she will work with volunteers from the Men’s Sheds, Limerick Mental Health Association, Team Limerick Clean-up, local schools, Le Chéile Women’s Group, Enable Ireland and the Limerick Civic Trust. We were also delighted to have some inspired guidance and ideas from the 6th class pupils of Scoil Íde, Corbally, who participated in our competition. This garden will be built by the community to serve the community.
John Moran, Chair of the Hunt Museum and Liveable Limerick says: "Living in the city, I know that the new Museum in the Garden will be an amazing addition to Limerick’s urban landscape. Since I became Chair, it has been my ambition to open up the railed space around the Hunt Museum to the public and I congratulate our Director, Jill Cousins, and her team for making that happen. It is entirely fitting that this space becomes a space for all the community to enjoy at exactly the time when community solidarity is so essential to help our region through the Covid-19 pandemic. Our new garden will be a reminder for future generations of that Limerick solidarity as well as a beautiful space in which to remember the victims of the pandemic and the huge dedication of our Covid-19 frontline workers. My Mum, Damien and I are delighted to be able to kick start the fundraising and contribute the first donation towards the cost of the works and really hope that others will find it possible to help too to make this a reality for Limerick.”
We are inviting family and friends of healthcare and frontline workers to donate to our FundIt campaign to have their names engraved on a cobble for the garden. Commemorating a loved one with an inscription on a garden box or bench or their own cobble is also possible. Our Fund:It fundraising goal is €15,000, but the more we can gain the quicker the project will become a reality. Extra funds will also allow us to be even more ambitious in what we can deliver.
We hope people will embrace our vision for this community led Museum in the Garden and contribute to The Hunt Museum in a Garden Cobble Crowdfunding on Fundit.ie. There are a wide range of rewards for your support. From €5 to €500 everyone can give what they can afford as even a €5 helps to make this new and exciting public garden a reality!
To learn more about 'Fund a Cobble, Create a Museum in a Garden' or to show your support please click here.