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The first section of the museum looks at rare stamps and their design.

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The interactive Stamps Database contains all stamps produced by the Irish State.

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With limited space available, every surface was used to its advantage.

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The stamps section.

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Timeline of the development of postal services worldwide and a detailed model of the GPO.

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Elelments from todays postal serviced influenced the design throughout the exhibition.

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A detail of the model of the GPO.

 

Letters, Lives & Liberty, An Post Museum, Dublin

 

The postal service is one of the most important and long- standing institutions in the country. An Post required an exhibition that would stimulate an appreciation of the design and production of stamps, the development of postal services in Ireland and the history surrounding the GPO building.

 

Letters, Lives and Liberty is divided into three zones: Art of the Stamp, The Post in Ireland and Easter Monday 1916. Vibrant green accents echo Ireland’s and An Post’s identity. Gray walls let the objects stand out. Stamp and postal elements, such as mailbag tags and perforations, were incorporated into the design.

 

Highlights include delving into the aesthetics of stamp design; designing your own stamp; the Stamp database, which makes visual browsing of the collection a pleasure; a beautiful model of the GPO; an original telephone exchange that invites you to connect the lines; and Ireland’s first permanent Peppers Ghost installation.

 

An original copy of the 1916 Proclamation announces the Easter Monday 1916 immersive audiovisual space. This room is set-dressed with rubble, scorch marks and sandbags to show its state immediately after the 1916 Rising. The Pepper’s Ghost 3D projection magically restores the Telegraph Room to its pristine state on the first day of the Rising. It then portrays the real-life drama as Irish postal workers persevere in their duty amidst the mayhem.

 

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