Making It Happen

The Museum Board and Steering Group have been working for almost 3 years to develop this initiative with the aim of positioning it within the wider community in Dún Laoghaire. Contacts have been established with individuals who are
prepared to support the initiative with technical skills, artefacts for the collection and ongoing commitment to assist in creative content and marketing. We contacted a range of potential funders and supporters at policymaker and political level, as well as carrying out detailed research in relation to the layout of the facility. Best practice in current curricula informed our programme planning and comparative studies referencing similar international institutions abroad have been completed. This document was prepared in the context of Dún Laoghaire/ Rathdown County Council’s request for innovative proposals for use of unoccupied facilities within the Council’s area. We are ready to move into the implementation phase immediately with the approval and support of the Council. Indeed, the Board would welcome the opportunity to engage in an early dialogue with Council officials and members in order to move into the next phase – making the Museum a reality.

2014 – The initial project group prepared an extensive plan outlining our mission and vision for the Museum which identified key markets and impact. Support was garnered from businesses, educational and cultural communities. Potential
collaborative partnerships continue to be explored in the public and private
sectors, nationally and internationally.

2015 – A commercial venture, “Eduventure”, was established in Dún Laoghaire (94 George’s St Lower) to provide early seed funding for the development of the
Museum and to facilitate social inclusion by providing funds for free
programming. “Eduventure” will continue to support the operation of the
Museum on an ongoing basis. In addition, it will continue to act as a community
outlet to gather information, ideas and feedback first hand from those who
visit the shop. “Eduventure” is an important vehicle for promoting the
establishment of a Museum of Childhood in Dún Laoghaire through
its volunteers, visitors and customers of the shop and engagement with
community groups, local businesses and schools
A number of initiatives were carried out to gauge interest in such a museum.
10,000 signatures were collected in support of a Museum (at the Carnegie
building) and very high levels of positive reactions recorded from initial local
businesses and schools’ surveys.
Letters of support were received from language schools in the area and
beneficial relationships have been forged through work placements for students
Opportunities for future visits from international students were identified.
Strong relationships are being forged with the Irish Genealogical Society, the
Dún Laoghaire Historical Society, the Southside Partnership, the Dún Laoghaire
Rathdown Public Private Network and the Dún Laoghaire Volunteer Centre
Our core value is to ensure a sustainable model for public participation in all
our initiatives for the Museum and to ensure that the local communities
benefit from this resource.

2016 – A Board was set up from a broad spectrum of expertise to support the establishment of the Museum. The Board comprises members from diverse fields including education,business, architecture, exhibition and installation design, and visual communications.
The purpose of the Board is to bring the Museum from concept to creation by outlining the vision and mission and providing a robust business and financial plan

A key aim of the Steering Group was to identify a suitable building to house the Museum, ideally in the Dún Laoghaire/Rathdown Borough
The Board has access to advisors with expertise in museum conservation and curatorship including advisory support from the Victoria and Albert Museum of Childhood, London.
In May 2016, the Museum was formally registered as a company (limited by guarantee)which will seek to obtain charitable status in due course.
As a registered charity, the Museum will operate on the guiding principle of affordability, access and inclusivity for all. To enable this, a hybrid funding solution will include financial and in-kind support from local and national businesses, private donations, grant-aid, a crowd funding campaign, and layered membership and support network.
An extensive partnership and collaborative framework locally, nationally and
internationally will establish and develop mutually beneficial projects and programmes across sectors. The Museum intends to establish a specific funding sub-committee to ensure it can honour its access and participatory opportunities.