Sieges on the Shannon

Athlone Castle Museum

Athlone Castle, a 12th century stronghold on the River Shannon, witnessed several significant events in Irish history, most notably the siege of Athlone – a pivotal event in the 17th century Williamite Wars.

​Today the Castle is key to understanding the development of the town, linking modern Athlone with its Norman founders.

The premise behind Athlone Town Council’s redevelopment of this important site was to showcase its historic assets and provide a powerful attraction for the town. Displays are conceived as a series of contemporary insertion within the carefully restored historic fabric.

​A complimentary palette of materials includes etched glass, stone and lime render. Each gallery has a distinct identity, drawn from a relevant period detail, taken from either an object or the building. Visitors are able to recognise and select from a diversity of layered themes and narratives.

Project type

Museum

Scope of works

  • Interpretative Planning
  • Exhibition Design and Creative Direction
  • Graphic Design
  • Media Direction
  • Construction Management

Scale

800 m2

Location

Athlone

Programme

2009-2012

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