Special Events 2017
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Wildlife Activities at Johnstown Castle
The Irish Agricultural Museum and the Irish Wildlife Sanctuary have joined forces to offer an exciting programme of events for children covering a range of wildlife themes. Aimed at accompanied children aged 5 – 12 years, the events will take place at the Museum at Johnstown Castle on the first Saturday of each month from 11am until 1pm.
The events will be fun and ‘hands on’ involving both indoor and outdoor activities making full use of the wonderful environments at Johnstown Castle Gardens. Designed to inspire interest in and respect for the natural world around us the events will be delivered by the knowledgeable and dedicated staff and volunteers of the Irish Wildlife Sanctuary.
Advance booking is essential and tickets are available from the reception desk of the Irish Agricultural Museum or by phoning 053 918 4671. The cost is €10 per child (€8 for family membership pass holders). Children must be accompanied by an adult and there is no admission charge for the accompanying adult. Further information is available from Heather at the Irish Wildlife Sanctuary on 089 401 3045 or from the Irish Agricultural Museum on 053 918 4671.
Sat 4 March – Creepy Crawlies
Join us for a bug hunt around the gardens and learn about the secret world of the mini-beasts who share our environment. Then come back to the museum to make a bug hotel.
Sat 1 April – Birds
Come along for a walk around the gardens to find out about the wide variety of birds who live, feed and nest in the grounds. Learn how to identify different birds by looking and listening, then come back to the Museum to make a simple bird feeder that can be used in your garden at home.
Sat 6 May – Trees, Plants and Seeds
Learn about some of the many plants and trees at Johnstown Castle Gardens then join us on an garden trail to take some bark and leaf rubbings. Back at the Museum you can make a newspaper pot and plant a sunflower seed to take home.
Sat 3 June – Nesting and Roosting
The grounds and buildings around Johnstown Castle provide valuable nesting sites for birds and roosting sites for bats. We’ll take a tour of the grounds to find evidence of nesting birds and gather materials to make a nest. Back at the Museum we’ll make our nests and look at live camera footage of the bats in the roof space and at swifts in the nest boxes.
RECENT PERMANENT EXHIBITIONS
A History of the National Ploughing Championships
In September 2012 the National Ploughing Championships were staged at Heath Park, New Ross, Co Wexford. Our new exhibition explores its unique 80 year history and celebrates some of people who have played an important part in making it Ireland’s foremost farming festival.
The display was launched at the 2012 ploughing contest and extracts from it can now be seen as a permanent exhibition at the museum.
A History of Pierces, Wexford Engineering (‘Star’) and Doyles
We have recently redisplayed our permanent exhibition on ploughing. The display now includes features on the three Wexford agricultural engineering firms of P Pierce, Wexford Engineering and Doyles whose machinery went all over the world.
And the Beet Goes On…
We have just re-displayed our exhibition on sugar beet. This industry played an important part in the Irish farming community for over a century until its demise a few years ago.
Irish Country Kitchens
Opened in summer 2011. This exhibition traces the dramatic improvements in living conditions and the changing role of women in the domestic sphere; benefits resulting largely from the process of electrification.
The exhibition comprises of three large-scale replica kitchens, which were typically in use in rural Ireland in 1800, 1900 and 1940-50s. These kitchen replicas are complimented by a vast and varied range of domestic household objects and early electrical appliances.
The Country Village
This exhibition comprises of 6 large scale replicas of craft workshops. This exhibit illustrates the crucial role and function of crafts people in the village community.
The Great Irish Famine
This exhibition illustrates the economic and social aspects of the famine and outlines its importance in Irish and European history. It is also concerned with scientific and technological aspects such as how the potato blight arrived in Ireland, why the potato crop was so devastated by blight, the search for a cure and the control of blight today.
A History of Johnstown Castle Estate
This exhibition illustrates the social and familial history of the estate as well as architectural points of interest.