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Thursday 14 December 2017

GPO exhibits will honour 1916 but 'must not cause offence'

Paul Melia

Paul Melia

AN POST is planning a new exhibition space in the country's busiest post office which will allow it hold exhibitions commemorating the 1916 Rising, 1913 Lockout and World War I.

But companies bidding to design the new facility in the GPO have been told that any material planned for public display must not cause offence and must take into account "changes in north/south and east/west relationships" over the past century.

An Post said specialist companies that provided design and branding services for museums were likely to submit bids for the project. It added there was no attempt being made to "airbrush" history, and that the exhibition would be as "inclusive and relative as possible with a broad appeal".

The museum was likely to be used in 2016 to mark the Easter Rising centenary, but exhibitions could change to allow other commemorations.

Tender documents published by the company says it is planning to increase the size of its exhibition space in Dublin's GPO from 150sqm to 800sqm.

The project is designed to "reflect the centrality of the building to the events of Easter 1916" and other historical events, and An Post wants designers to consider the concept of the building being a "witness to history".

The GPO already has a small museum.

But An Post wants to expand this space, and a spokeswoman said the new space would be the largest building project undertaken in recent years, and would require planning permission.

Irish Independent

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