07/04/16

Minister Humphreys congratulates Little Museum of Dublin on winning prestigious European prize

The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD, has today (Thursday) warmly congratulated the Little Museum of Dublin on winning the European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Award 2016. The award is Europe’s highest honour in the heritage field, in the category of Education, Training and Awareness-Raising.

Speaking today Minister Humphreys said:

“This award is a fantastic achievement and indeed it is a testament to the work of Director Trevor White, Curator Simon O’Connor, Director of Development Sarah Costigan, and all the staff, volunteers, artists and creative workers who have made the Little Museum the dynamic and inviting space it is today.

“It is also a credit to those who have supported the museum, through donations, loaning of artefacts and all who have visited this unique collection. The Little Museum is one of Dublin’s true gems; behind its relatively unassuming door on Stephen’s Green lies a treasure trove of historical and cultural objects. The personal nature of so many of these objects is the true beauty of the Little Museum, giving visitors a unique insight into our political and cultural history.

“This award is further positive international recognition of the wealth and depth of Ireland’s cultural offering to visitors, both domestic and from overseas, and of this island’s ongoing position as a global innovator in cultural education and increasing cultural awareness. I am very pleased that my Department has been in a position to support the development of the Little Museum over the last number of years.”

Little Museum Director Trevor White said:

“It is truly an honour to receive this award. We started this museum with a simple public call for donations, and it is thrilling to see how much the museum has grown in 5 years. But that growth is the result of a collective effort – from the members of the public who donated artefacts to the collection, to our partners in Dublin City Council, the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, and members of the business community. It is a privilege for us to carry out this work, and for this work to be recognized at a European level.”

ENDS

Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, 23 Kildare Street, Dublin , D02 TD30. Tel: 01 631 3800 / LoCall: 1890 383 000

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