Meet the Team at the Medieval Mile Museum – Over the next couple of weeks we want to introduce you to our team, and allow you to get to know them a little bit better!
Next up is Sharon Kavanagh…
Your role in the museum?
How did you get into your role?
I studied Archaeology and have Tourism and Retail Experience.
What is your favourite part of your job?
Learning new historical information and knowing we are one of the first to hear new history being unfolded.
What is your favourite artefact in the museum, and why?
I love the unfinished grave slab within the museum. It leaves the mind with all sorts of presumptions. Of course it was when the reformation demanded plain script and no fancy art work. It remains unfinished and I can imagine someone commissioning it with all sorts of decorative ideas and then “Boom” the Reformation kicks off and that was the end of that.
Favourite museum in the world, and why?
The National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh. It is set in a very old building which was especially built to be an industrial museum in 1854. I remember reading about it when I was in school and always wanted to see it. The building itself gives you a nostalgic feeling and when you get inside you can see inventions, Asian ceramics and even “Dolly” the first ever cloned sheep. I also love the top floor restaurant/café which serves a lovely array of food. Last but not least the museum shop, where there’s always an unusual item to be bought. The staff are so friendly too!
If you could meet a character from Kilkenny’s history, who would you like to meet and why?
William Marshall. He was a very powerful character through the medieval period. He built St. Mary’s Church which is now the Medieval Mile Museum. A lot of our history is surrounded by this very formidable man.
If you had the opportunity to ask a character from Kilkenny’s history anything, who would it be, and what would you ask them?
I’d ask Alice Kytler where did she escape to and did she kill her four husbands.
Favourite attraction in Kilkenny (other than the Museum of course)?
St. Canice’s Cathedral.I love how every time that I go there I find an inscription or engraving which keeps my investigative juices running. I love the ceilings and the choral seating’s wooden carvings which are amazing. It’s a magical place and you can truly imagine what it was like to live in Kilkenny long ago as you walk around the graveyard.