Galway City Museum To Be Taken Over by Young Travellers

Galway City Museum

On Friday 17th November, a dozen young Travellers from Galway City will be taking over the running of Galway City Museum as part of Takeover Day 2017.

It is the second year the museum has been involved in Takeover Day, a Kids in Museums initiative that celebrates young people’s contributions to museums, galleries, heritage sites and other cultural venues. It’s a day on which young people are given meaningful roles, working alongside staff and volunteers to participate in the life of the museum.

Takeover Day - Friday 17th November 2017

Takeover Day – Friday 17th November 2017

In partnership with Ballybane Foróige Youth Project and Youth Work Ireland and Galway – Westside Youth Project, the museum is working with young Travellers who will operate the front desk, give guided tours and create a display of objects reflecting their individual and community identities.

The participants from Ballybane outlined their reasons for being involved:

"We are taking part because we want to teach other people about our culture. We are looking forward to teaching people about the Travelling community and to taking over the museum."

The project is jointly-funded through Galway City Council’s Creative Ireland programme and by Galway 2020 and the Galway Traveller Movement. Hannah Kiely, CEO of Galway 2020, says

"Galway 2020 is delighted to be supporting the Galway City Museum Takeover Project. It is fantastic to see a group of young Travellers getting involved in and learning about cultural activities in the city."

About the Author

John Madden
John joins us from Athlone, not a Galwegian but close enough! He holds an MA in Advanced Social Care and he currently works as a journalist for Ireland’s Traveller centric magazine, Travellers’ Voice. He is also an editor and reviewer with the Galway-based, indie book company, The Book Hub. He has recently penned a chapter in Mental Health for Millennials, the first in a series exploring issues around mental wellness, loss and suicide. He also has a chat show on Athlone Community Radio, in which he interviews guests from all walks of life.