Local Authority Museum Network

Video ‘Preserving the Past, Shaping the Future’
by the Local Authority Museums’ Network (LAMN).

The Local Authority Museums’ Network (LAMN) represents the 12 Local Authority Museums across Ireland who all play a vital role in the social, cultural and economic life of the regions they serve. Collectively, local authority museums serve a population of over 1.8 million people, attracting over half a million direct visitors each year with a far reaching impact in schools, communities and voluntary organisations across the country.

The LAMN video (above) was produced to highlight the importance of the museums work and contribution to Irish Society. The 12 local authority museums play a significant role in driving local and regional tourism by supporting the cultural identity and image of Ireland to overseas visitors. The local authority museums’ rich collections include some of the most inspiring and unique examples of Ireland’s archaeological and historic heritage all of which can be experienced in a diversity of ways.  The wide and imaginative range of exhibitions and events provided by local authority museums nationwide demonstrates the catalytic impact of how local museums create social cohesion in their communities.

This short video was filmed in a number of the LAMN Museums including Carlow and features three of our staff. The LAMN comprises

Carlow County Museum;

Cavan County Museum;

Clare Museum,

Cork Public Museum,

County Museum Dundalk;

Donegal County Museum;

Galway City Museum;

Kerry County Museum;

Limerick Museum;

Monaghan County Museum;

Tipperary County Museum

Waterford Museum of Treasures.

The LAMN plays a vital role in preserving archaeological heritage. The members of the LAMN are Designated Museums by the National Museum of Ireland and under this legislation each Museum is legally entitled to display archaeological objects on behalf of the State. All of the LAMN Museums are professionally and full time staffed and are open all year round. The majority of the LAMN Museums, including Carlow, have free admission.


LAMN Strategy


LAMN Strategy

You can read the LAMN Strategy – “Preserving the Past Shaping the Future Strategy 2016 – 2019” which looks at the aims and objectives of the LAMN.

LAMN Strategy 2016-2019: English Copy

LAMN Strategy 2016-2019: Irish Copy

‘1916 Across the Country’

Large white banner about nurse Margaret Kehoe on display in Carlow County Museum

1916 Across the Country’ display in Carlow County Museum.

The LAMN’s most recent collaborative project, an exhibition titled ‘1916 Across the Country’ is a snapshot of the significant role that the 12 museum members have played in bringing the story of this historic commemorative year across the country. LAMN have produced a new booklet highlighting a 1916 story from each county across the museum network.

The story of Nurse Margaret Kehoe from Leighlinbridge, Carlow is told on page 6. Free copies of ‘1916 Across the County’ can be found on the 2nd floor of Carlow County Museum.