On Thursday 24th January, after an investment of almost €600,000 in necessary works to make the museum fully compliant with regulation fire safety standards, the Hunt Museum will again be fully open to the public. It has been decided to mark this occasion with another first: the launch of The Hunt Museum Strategy 2025.
Strategy 2025 is the collaborative work of community stakeholders, partners and volunteers associated with the museum and sets out their aspirations for the years to come.
Developed using design thinking, the Hunt Museum Strategy 2025 has gained inspiration from listening to the wide range of views and communities involved in the museum before finding patterns in the broad variety of ideas and opinions and translating these into insights and opportunities. The culmination is a concrete blueprint for implementation.
Commending the Strategic Plan John Moran Chair of the Hunt Museum highlights that, “With the growing ambition of our home city and region, we are setting our sights higher. By 2025 the Hunt Museum will have changed from a regional, somewhat eclectic, hidden treasure, to a place of international standing with creative, educational, research, social and economic benefits. We want to build upon the huge legacy of the Hunt family and on our previous 21 years and the Board feels that this Strategy with its four priorities of the Hunt Collections, an emphasis on Public Engagement and Innovation will help us for the fourth priority: a need to raise funding to live up to the ambitions.”
A series of bold steps are planned for each priority. These will be broken down to yearly chunks providing achievable targets. These include full digitisation and open access of our Collections, becoming the lead in cultural heritage education for the region, new partnerships to deliver new services, an internationalisation of our network, a more coordinated approach to planning and a revitalisation of the building, which we would like to face towards the river Shannon.
Robert Williams, Chair of the Friends of the Hunt Museum said: “We welcome the ambitions set out in the plan and will do our best to support and execute the goals it outlines.”
The Hunt Museum Strategy launch will take place at the Hunt Museum, Rutland Street, Limerick on Thursday 24th January at 6pm - 8pm.