Kilkenny Medieval Mile Museum
Our Journey Through Ireland’s History on Kilkenny’s Medieval Mile.
Kilkenny’s Medieval Mile is a literal and figurative journey through Irish history, leading visitors on a fascinating tour of Ireland’s medieval capital city. Already an established success, and a key part of the national tourist board’s ‘Ireland’s Ancient East’ promotional campaign, the Mile now has an exciting new attraction at its heart – the Medieval Mile Museum.
Opened in Spring 2017, located in the 13th century St Mary’s Church, this new museum in an ancient setting uses light shows, motion graphics, immersive audio experiences, and large-format interactive installations to conjures tales of foreign invaders and regional dynasties, of local artistry and religious passions.
Centre Screen’s extensive work for this new heritage attraction, designed in partnership with Bright 3D, helps to recount highlights spanning 800 years of Kilkenny history, using the monuments and artefacts its most influential inhabitants left behind.
A classic son-et-lumière show reveals the history and symbolism of the Rothe Chapel family tombs, while a large-scale touch-table allows visitors to explore the Medieval Mile itself. Touchscreen interactives explain the story of Kilkenny’s celebrated monuments, its ancient Christian community, and its renowned High Crosses of Ossory.
Elsewhere, dramatised and dramatic audio-visual installations bring to life some of the key figures in the City’s story, featuring appearances from King Cerball, the Norman invader Richard de Clare, and the Kerins, a local family of master stonemasons.
We were delighted to be involved with this engaging project, and are grateful for visitors’ enthusiastic responses to Centre Screen’s contribution, praising ‘well-done interactive technology throughout’, commenting on ‘good use of interactive screens which isn’t gimmicky’, and recommending ‘cool interactive exhibits, this is one of those places that is only going to grow in popularity.’
Centre Screen were made very welcome in beautiful Kilkenny, and we look forward to returning soon.
Images by the Medieval Mile Museum, Bright 3D & Marcon.