The Museum Board
The Museum Board and Steering Group have been working for almost 6 years on the initiative to establish a permanent home for the Museum of Childhood in Ireland. The Steering Group was set up in 2014 from a broad spectrum of expertise to support the establishment of the Museum. It comprises members from diverse fields including education, business, architecture, exhibition and installation design. The Steering Group continue to receive advice in museum conservation and curatorship by experts in their fields, including personnel from the Victoria and Albert Museum of Childhood, London, and the Istanbul Toy Museum. Early in the process a number of initiatives were carried out to gauge interest in such a museum. 10,000 signatures were collected in support of a Museum and very high levels of positive reactions recorded from an initial local businesses and schools’ surveys. “Eduventure” (Piggybank) was established to provide early seed funding for the development of the Museum, and to facilitate social inclusion by providing funds for free programming. In May 2016, the Museum was formally registered as a company ,later updated, limited by guarantee, which sought to obtain charitable status in due course. Charitable status was granted. A Board for the Museum was established and membership confirmed. In addition, a specialist Funding Sub-Committee lead by Grace Kelly Fitzgerald has been put in place.