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St. Mary’s in Kilkenny City to be Restored and Transformed into a Civic Museum

Published: Wednesday, November 12, 2014

St Marys conservation project

Students from the Department of Architecture at WIT taking part on the joint pilot programme with Kilkenny County Council to restore St. Mary's Hall and transform it into a civic museum

Students on the Bachelor of Science in Applied Conservation Skills programme at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) have teamed up with Kilkenny County Council to carry out conservation work to St. Mary’s Hall in Kilkenny City. Over the next two years, St Mary's will undergo an extensive conservation and restoration project that will see the former church of Ireland premises restored and transformed into a civic museum.

The students from WIT’s Department of Architecture will have access to the live project and will be able to carry out supervised works on the historical structure as well as attending lectures and demonstrations at the site. The project will give the students invaluable experience within the conservation sector.

Students from the Department of Architecture WIT

Speaking about the project, Evelyn Graham, Kilkenny County Council Project Liaison Architect said, "We are very excited about the project and the link with the WIT students and the Architecture department.”

This collaborative project between the Institute’s Department of Architecture and Kilkenny County Council is a pilot “Traditional Building Skills” training scheme funded by Department of Arts Heritage & the Gaeltacht.

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