Published: 25 September 2010
Exhibition opens with highlights from the collections.
In times of economic austerity museums are fighting their corner to highlight the role they play not only as keepers of the past but in forging links with the wider community. This was very much the theme of the touring exhibition 'Museums Matter' organised through the Irish Museums Association. This provided an ideal opportunity to supplement the exhibition by highlight the wide ranging collections in the Museum with many items on display for the first time.
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One of the more gruesome cases showed the skull of a male with a fatal blow to the head excavated near the Market Place theatre in Armagh. Dating to around 1100-1300 AD, it is displayed alongside a cast of his facial reconstruction. Other cases show toys from the past, jewellery and a very fine silver scroll recognising the sacrifice of the first world war. Recent donations also include a medieval silver ring.
These are only a few of the objects on display which in addition to paintings from the collections give a snapshot of the type of material the Museum has acquired over the years.