Waterford’s Medieval Museum, as the name suggests, tells the story of life in the city during the era and incorporates several preserved medieval structures within its walls, not least the beautiful Chorister’s Hall. Carefully preserving several medieval structures within its walls, the Museum was opened to the public on Friday 24th August 2012.
Among the exhibits on display are the 4m-long Great Charter Roll dating from 1372, which was viewed by Queen Elizabeth II during her historic visit to Ireland, and the 15th century cloth-of-gold vestments – Ireland’s finest late medieval treasures. The Dalmatic vestment is one of the most important pieces from the set of Waterford vestments on display at the new Medieval Museum, Cathedral Square.
The amazing Chorister’s Hall survives from the medieval period and is one of the centrepieces of the new Medieval Museum. A wonderful depiction of King Edward III of England, fully armoured and on horseback, can be seen at the museum.
Waterford City Council has received two LAMA Community and Council Awards for the Medieval Museum for Best Public Building and Best Heritage Project.
The prestigious LAMA awards acknowledge the important role that business, communications, and tourism play on both a local and national level in conjunction with councils.
The LAMA Community and Council Awards highlight and recognise community and councils together, bringing national recognition to projects and developments of note. Town, Burough, City and County councillors nominate projects across 26 categories that demonstrate the work implemented through unique projects that enhance their local area for the good of the community. Awards range from Best Civil Engineering Project to a National Impact Award. www.lamaawards.org/about-us
In March 2014 the Medieveal Museum won another prestigious International Civic Trust Award. www.civictrustawards.org.uk/winners/medieveal-museum-waterford. Established in 1959, the Civic Trust Awards is the longest standing built environment awards scheme in Europe recognising outstanding architecture, planning and design in the built environment.