Launch of the Senior Cultural Volunteers Programme: Galway City Museum

Sunday, June 29, 2014

The Senior Cultural Volunteers Programme was officially launched on the 26th June 2014 in  the Galway City Museum by the Mayor of Galway City, Councillor Donal Lyons. The Good Practice was proposed by the County Council of Granada, Andalucía, Spain and adopted by the Border, Midland and Western Regional Assembly through the co-operation of the Galway City Museum and the members of the Active Retirement Associations located in Galway.

Mr. Shane Winters presented an overview of the TOURage project in terms of the work achieved to date and the overall aim of the project. The Acting Director of Galway City Museum, Mr. Brendan McGowan, spoke in detail on the proposed programme in the Galway City Museum and put forward a number of aims to encourage Senior Cultural Volunteers:-

  • To act as Museum Tour Guides/Ambassadors;
  • To participate in Museum Led Projects;
  • To facilitate Workshops within the Museum space;
  • To assist with the provision of exhibitions and act in an advisory role with Museum activities.


Following a tour of city museum, there was an open discussion with the participants to further discuss the ideas put forward by Mr. McGowan and to encourage senior volunteers to come forward and look at how they might get involved, and spread the word to others who may be interested. A significant number of seniors present at the event signed up to participate in the proposed Senior Cultural Volunteer Programme and agreed to engage with other potential Senior Volunteers in order to promote further interest.

For more information on the Senior Cultural Volunteers Programme in the Galway City Museum please contact Mr. Brendan McGowan at; or the BWW Regional Assembly at;