Designmap wins castle exhibition task in N Ireland

Enniskillen Castle in Northern Ireland is to revamp its museum’s exhibition space to showcase the story of its history, with design by Designmap.

The castle (pictured), which is situated beside the River Erne in County Fermanagh, was built almost 600 years ago by the Gaelic Maguire family. It has been important throughout history as it guards one of the few passes into Ulster. In the 17th century it became an English garrison fort and later served as part of the military barracks.

Following a four-way creative pitch, Designmap has been appointed to create a permanent exhibition space for the castle, which will be located in the castle keep, focusing on the story of the medieval Maguires, as well as the history of the building.

‘The exhibition will be concerned partly with the story of the Maguire family’, says Designmap director Daniel Sutton, ‘and partly with subsequent battles between the English and the Irish through to the modern day. At the moment there is a lot of clutter and we want to move away from that sort of thing where everything is rammed in.’

As part of the permanent space, which is due to open in the summer, there will be a mixture of conventional displays, interpretive graphics and technology and interactive elements.

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