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County Museum, Dundalk wins international award

County Museum, Dundalk wins international award



The County Museum, Dundalk has won the award for best small museum website at the international Museums and the Web 2011 in Philadelphia.  The award for the website (http://www.asi-louth.ie) was based on the exhibition ASI:Louth – Archaeological Scene Investigation in north Louth which revealed the array of finds uncovered during the construction of the western bypass around Dundalk.  Developed between the National Roads Authority, Mor Solutions and the County Museum, Dundalk the website reveals much of the artefacts discovered during the roadbuilding phase, as well as looking at the work of the archaeologists working onsite. 


According to Museum Curator, Brian Walsh, “we are absolutely delighted to have won such an award.  It recognises the thought, effort and imagination that went into putting this exhibition together.”


One of the site’s many innovative features was the use of Google maps which linked finds to specific geographical areas as well as their associated reports.  It also includes a short featurette revealing the story behind the discovery of human remains during the bypass’s construction.  


Mr. Walsh added that  “one thing that we wanted to achieve was to bring a new form of presentation and thinking to the area of history and archaeology; we felt at the time that the website achieved this, but to win an award of this pedigree when Museums such as the Smithsonian, the Tate and the British Museum are also being honoured is the ultimate confirmation.”