Galway City Museum have launched their brand new website which was supported by the Heritage Council under the Community Heritage Grant Scheme 2022 and Galway City Council. The site, designed by the Galway based company Rob & Paul Digital Design, is now live at www.galwaycitymuseum.ie.
The new website facilitates far greater and easier access to the many services the museum provides to the public, including community initiatives, tourist information and exhibitions past and present. Informed by international standards on accessibility, through W3’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, the museum created an enhanced online experience that welcomes all service users particularly those with disabilities. The new website will be subject to ongoing monitoring and evaluation into the future as is standard practice for all services provided by Galway City Museum.
The Heritage Council awarded €20,000 to the museum website project under their Community Heritage Grant Scheme 2022. In order to showcase the website project the Museum worked with the Heritage Council to provide access to a series of Corrib related events and resources. The Corrib Talk & Trail events, took place during National Heritage Week between 16th and 20th of August 2022. A brand new interactive Corrib Walking Trail has been developed for the new website and The Corrib, Myth, Legend & Folklore exhibition is now available for viewing on the museum website as an online exhibition.
A new virtual gallery of past and present exhibitions is now available on the website including a 360 degree virtual tour, also funded through the Heritage Council grant.
The Galway Migrant project, Keepsakes and Tamara Eckhardt’s ‘The Children of Carrowbrowne’, an outdoor photographic exhibition depicting the lives of Galway Traveller children, are now both displayed on the homepage of the new website. Special additional features to look out for are the recent Education Projects, the Museum Blog and a new and improved online Collections experience.
Other recent onsite developments at the Museum include the Sensory Room for children located in the monument gallery on the ground floor and the introduction of new Large Print Labels for the visually impaired. These labels can be found in the ‘Keepers of the Gael’ gallery and will be rolled out for other galleries in the coming months. They are available in booklet format containing large-font, high-contrast labels, based on guidelines and advice from the National Council for the Blind of Ireland (NCBI).
Source: Galway City Council