Inside the An Post Museum
Culture Night at the GPO will be on Friday 20th September 2013.
People from all over Ireland and the world who are visiting Dublin will be treated to extended opening hours by many cultural and heritage institutions.
The An Post Museum, located in the GPO, is glad to be taking part in this wonderful night again. Since 2010, we have opened our doors to new and old friendly faces from around the globe who take delight in discovering and rediscovering the history and heritage behind the Irish Post Office.
If you are in Dublin during Culture Night do call into the GPO where you can see our 1916 Proclamation, imagine yourself working in a Travelling Post Office and maybe even take part in a tango!
Entry to the GPO Museum will be free on Friday 20th and Culture Night activities start at 5.15pm.
The GPO and Museum will close at 9pm.
In just a few short days An Post Museum will be taking part again in the annual festival called Heritage Week.
For those of you who don’t know what Heritage Week is, it is a week long celebration where Irish cultural and heritage institutions take part in celebrating Irish culture and heritage.
This time of year always has a buzz of activity around it for us here in the An Post Museum Office. From organising,tickets, information and telling people about what we are doing to celebrate Heritage Week. Each year we see 2,000 or more people come through the museum during the festival.
For all of us here in the An Post Museum the festival is always exciting, we get to meet wonderful people from all over the world. Some come to the GPO to see where the 1916 Rising took place and it is always bonus when you can show them the museum and tell people about the other aspects of the the Post Office before and after the Rising.
It is lovely to hear back from people on how they enjoyed visiting the exhibition Letters, Lives and Liberty and how they enjoyed learning something new. Many people carry with them wonderful stories of their own about how they are decended from people who either worked directly in the GPO or that their parents worked on the TPO system that the Post Office used to transport mails or that they worked on the telegraphic systems or the counters as clerks at one time. Sometimes you also get to meet people from other post offices from around the world.
Heritage Week at the GPO is a great place for people who have an interest or passion for information on the different sides of Irish history.
Entry is free to the An Post Museum during Heritage Week, so why not come along and join us?
Click on the links to learn more about the festival inside the GPO.
As part of her design studies here in Dublin, one Sri Lankan woman, married to an Irish man, decided to explore through stamps and postal history the similarities and differences between her native and adopted countries. In the course of her work she produced a number of stamp designs which draw attention to aspects of life in the two countries and featured here, side by side, are her beautifully detailed drawings of the GPO buildings in Dublin and in Columbo, Sri Lanka. Other examples of her work will be on show in the An Post Museum in the GPO over the next couple of weeks.