Old Man's House Exhibition at the RHK

Start Date 27 May 2014
End Date 31 Dec 2014
Times Tuesday to Sunday (10am to 5pm)

Old Mans House Exhibition at the RHK

The history of the Kilmainham site has been brought to life through an exhibition bringing thousands of years of human activity to life including ancient burial grounds, early Christian monuments, a Viking settlement and a medieval monastery all of which form part of its heritage. During the nearly 250 years that the Royal Hospital was open as a retirement home and Infirmary, generations of military veterans lived and died there (400 at any one time). The hospital’s legacy lives on through the Royal Hospital Chelsea, which was modelled on The Royal Hospital Kilmainham and is still home to British veterans today.

‘Old Man’s House’ explores the stories of these soldiers alongside those of the hospital staff and its historic environs, from the earliest beginnings, through to its restoration and the founding of the Irish Museum of Modern Art. Visitors can step back in time to experience what the hospital was like for the characters such as the Veteran or In-Pensioner, Private Robert Moneypenny; the infamous war-charger Vonolel; the doctors and nurses and many more. People can experience what day-to-day life was like for the veterans who were fed well and often better than those outside the walls; a November 1692 menu featured gruel for breakfast; a pound of beef or mutton for dinner; and three pints of beer daily.

Old Man's House Exhibition (PDF)

  • FREE
  • Available at €2 for up to three hours.
Further information

The gallery is wheelchair accessible

Children are welcome.

For more details about this exhibition please contact Celine Kennedy at 01 645 8806 or e-mail rhk@opw.ie

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