IMA Europe members to tour GPO museum at February meeting in Dublin
Situated in a corner of Dublin’s GPO, The An Post Museum houses the exhibition – Letters, Lives & Liberty which members will be invited to tour. This small museum offers visitors an insight into the role played by the Post Office in the development of Irish society over many generations.
As well as Irish stamps and philatelic information and a scale model of the GPO, there are several audio visual presentations, An Post’s copy of the 1916 Proclamation and a holographic dramatisation about the role of the staff who were actually on duty in the GPO on Easter Monday 1916.
The An Post Museum is divided into three sections.
The Art of the Stamp
The Art of the Stamp section offers the opportunity to view Ireland’s stamps from the turn of the Free State right up to today by using the interactive stamp database. In this section of the museum there is also a stamp design tool that demonstrates how stamps are digitally made today and fine examples of stamp printing plates used to make Ireland’s first stamps.
The Post Office in Ireland
This section offer visitors the chance to hear the stories of retired post office staff members using a modified Switchboard. People can listen to the experiences from different departments within the Irish Post Office when it was known as The Post and Telegraphs (P&T). There are also a number of short visual documentaries detailing the foundation of the Irish Post Office which track its relocation from Dublin Castle to its current O’Connell Street site.
This area displays a copy of the Proclamation of Ireland that was read aloud by Padraig Pearse from the front the GPO on Easter Monday, 24 April 1916. The design surrounding the Proclamation shows different pictorial views of the damaged GPO after the rebels surrendered to the British Army. There is a holographic re-enactment of events that took place in the Telegraph Room when the rebels took over, based on eyewitness accounts taken from the staff members involved. It is a little-known part of the events that took place during the Rising.