Exhibition of Traditional Model Cottages

Rathbane Cottage Two
The Rural Co-ordinator of Rathbane NS, Ballina, Co. Mayo approached Museum staff with a proposal to work in conjunction with the school to put on an exhibition of model cottages made by 4th – 6th class pupils at the school.

The project was carried out both onsite and in the classroom. At the Museum the children were given guided tours of the galleries with a focus on the display of exhibits. A meeting between six of the senior children, school and Museum staff was held to discuss the processes and elements involved in putting on any exhibition and to make decisions based around:

Rathbane Cottage One
  • Concept
  • Target audience
  • Design
  • Labels & Information
  • Marketing
  • Official opening

The children then went back to school to work on the design of the exhibition, labels, posters, advertising and invitations and speeches for the opening, which was scheduled for one week later.

On the morning of the opening some of the senior pupils, school and Museum staff assembled the exhibition in the Resource Room ready for the unveiling that afternoon. The children had invited friends, relatives and local dignitaries and they received a great response.

After the speeches and viewing of the impressive collection of model cottages, refreshments were served. The following week, the exhibition and opening were featured in the local paper The Mayo News.

View more models from the exhibition:

With thanks to:

  • Síle O’Connor, Rural Co-ordinator
  • Mr Kevin Rowland, School Principal
  • The children of the 2004 4th, 5th & 6th Class Rathbane NS
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