Tipperary County Museum in Clonmel has been honoured at the Heritage Councilâ€™s Museum Standards Programme for Ireland (MSPI) awards ceremony to recognise its high standards in the management of the museum, care of collections and visitor services.
The museum has raised the bar in relation to procedures within museums nationwide and has now embarked on an exciting new stage of its develoment.
It has just digitised its wonderful painting collection which consists of 93 art pieces. The artist vary from WB Yeats, Robert Ballagh, Sarah Purser, Nathaniel Hone and Tipperary artists such as Lilla Perry (nee Bagwell), Moggie Condon and more recently South Tipperary Art Groupâ€™s Michael Burke, Maureen Purcell, Miriam Bourke and Kitty Collins to name but a few.
The subject matter covers many genres and mediums and is considered one of the best art collections within Irish Local Authority Museums.
The painting Collection was established through Clonmelâ€™s Fine Art Club in the 1940s.
RJ Long was one of the founding members of this club, as was Dr. William Desparte Hemphill who was an international and national photographer and physician to name but two of his talents.
An exhibition of his stunning stereoscopic photographs is currently on display at the Main Guard in Clonmel.
The digitised painting collection will be uploaded onto the museumâ€™s website later this year so more people can appreciate and view this vast local authority collection.
It is the intention of Tipperary County Museum to digitise its entire collection which consists of 30,000 artefacts.
Itâ€™s a time consuming procedure but the staff at Tipperary County Museum are up for the challenge.
The Museum is currently working on its gallery to get out as much material as possible within many themes â€“ Life in Tipperaryâ€™s Big House & Rural life, Entertainment, Military history, Archaeology, Sporting, Postcard collection and art collection...