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wicklow's historic gaol
Wicklow Gaol was used to incarcerate prisoners from 1702 until 1924 and after over fifty years of disuse and a partial demolition it was decided that Wicklow County Council would turn it into a visitor centre. In 1997 the doors opened to the public and a full visitor experience that covered the period in which the Gaol was in operation was on offer. After over twenty years exhibits became worn and outdated and it was felt that the tour needed to be upgraded.
MMID/Mirador took on the task of upgrading the gaol while still maintaining the general storyline. We successfully incorporated existing characters and stories into a new script that allows the visitor to be a part of the experience. With the use of on-screen and projected video, audio narratives and lifelike mannequins; characters are brought to life to give the visitor a real idea of how life was in the gaol. Graphic panels set the scene and give detailed information about various eras of the gaol's existence. Watch the video below, made by us at MMID/Mirador, for a brief overview of our work at the gaol.
Opening the new exhibition on May 20 2014 John Lonergan, the former governor of Mountjoy Prison in Dublin, said: "Wicklow Gaol is an eye-opener showing the extremes of inhumanity. It is so important to be aware of this history at a time when people are calling for tougher regimes and more punishment."
MMID/Mirador, created the new holographic projections of cruel prison guards and state of the art audio-visual systems. These join the lifelike mannequins of major historic figures to help recreate the 1798 rebellion, the Famine era, the War of Independence and Civil War. The replica two-deck transportation ship now features holographic interaction with the ship's Captain as visitors climb aboard the torturous 200-day journey to Van Diemen's Land. The new experience also includes: Audio handsets in 5 languages; Interactive points for easier interpretation; A new Wicklow genealogy room where Irish and overseas visitors can research their ancestry.