My name is Mike Hackett and I would like to adopt the Waterford County Museum.
Tell us a bit more about yourself
I’m a historian and author from County Cork in Ireland. I worked with the P & T (the state-owned provider of postal services in Ireland) for fifty and a half years – latterly it was called An Post – and wrote the Archive pages for the in-house magazine ‘PostNews’ for ten years, until I retired through bad health in November 2008.
Tell us a bit more about your adopted museum
The Waterford County Museum at Dungarvan presents the history of Dungarvan and the west Waterford area. It is open Monday to Friday from 10am-1pm and 2pm-4.30pm, and Monday to Saturday until 5pm from mid May to mid September. There is no admission to the museum, although a collection box is prominently displayed as an option.
Why have you chosen to adopt this museum?
My connection is to call in to see it about four times a year, as they change the subject about every quarter and so new interesting bits come on show. The staff are forever pleading on the two local Dungarvan newspapers for photos, anecdotes and relics from the past. It is paying off! The exhibitions reflect the interest, work-rate and energy put in. The museum has a supporters club of which I am a member and the fee is a mere fifteen euro per year – and that reminds me, I haven’t paid for 2012 yet!
Why would you recommend people visit?
The efforts put in there to show the best pieces available from local history is highly commendable. And as there is no admission to this museum, it is ideal for all people of the town and area – the unemployed, the poor and the children especially – in these difficult-to-manage times. Full marks for keeping it entry free.
How would you sum up your museum in three words?
Educational, Entertaining, Free!