The Old Man’s House exhibition tells the story of the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham (RHK) from its beginnings as a home for retired soldiers through to the opening of IMMA in 1991.
The history of the Kilmainham site includes ancient burial grounds, early Christian monuments, a Viking settlement and a medieval monastery. The RHK was open as a retirement home and infirmary for nearly 250 years for generations of military veterans who lived and died there. The Old Man’s House explores the entire span of the site’s history right up to the founding of IMMA in a compact two-room exhibition.
The Royal Hospital Kilmainham, now home to the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA), is one of Dublin’s most iconic buildings and Ireland’s foremost example of fine 17th-century architecture.
Built in 1680, based on Les Invalides in Paris, it served as a retirement home and infirmary for nearly 250 years for generations of military veterans. Old Man’s House explores the stories of the soldiers who lived and died at the Royal Hospital alongside those of the hospital staff.
EPIC was commissioned by the OPW to expand the offering at RHK by a heritage exhibition that would bring to life the history of the building and the stories of the soldier veterans who once resided there.
The exhibition, which occupies two rooms, contains a large interactive scale model of the site, based on maps dating 1700s. An AV film tells the story of the RHK and a touchscreen displays the digitised Will Book of the pensioners. There is audio and set design; costumes for both adults and children for dress up; a library archive and a large number of graphic panels.
EPIC was responsible for conceiving the Interpretive master plan and project managing its rollout across all aspects of the project including research, content creation and fit-out.
This project involved procuring the services of a range of specialist sub-contractors to fulfil the technical and multi-media elements of the exhibition design. EPIC project managed the project to completion.
Client: Office of Public Works
Date: October 2013 to May 2014
Location: Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin 8
Fallover Art, Paul Tierney Models, Vermillion Design