RTE 1 Irish art museum Audain Art Museum has been classified a World heritage site in Ireland following a review of its conservation status by the Irish Conservation Board.
The board voted unanimously to classify the museum as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Republic of Ireland, in a historic move that comes on the heels of a review by the US State Department earlier this year.
The Irish Independent reported that Audain has received a letter from the State Department outlining the importance of the project to Irish cultural heritage.
“Audain is one of Ireland’s largest and most important art museums,” the letter read.
“Its collection of over 1,500 works of art is one that will be particularly significant to Ireland’s future and that is what has driven Audain into this position.”
It was the Audain project that led to the establishment of a museum in Dublin in the 1930s and to the introduction of the World Heritage List in 2005.
“We are deeply grateful to the State for this recognition and the decision that it made in this case,” said the Audains director of cultural heritage, Pat McConville.
“It is not only a recognition of Audain’s role in the preservation of Ireland as a cultural and artistic centre, it is also a recognition that the Audais have a special role to play in the future of the world heritage list.”
Dublin city council also voted to place the museum on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage list earlier this month.
“There has been a lot of discussion in Dublin about Audain,” said Mayor of Dublin, Councillor for Cultural Affairs, Cathal Cavanagh.
“There are a lot more places than we think of that can be included in the list.”
A spokesman for Audain said the decision to place Audain on the list is not yet final and they are currently considering their options.
The statement added that the project will continue to be a key part of the city’s history and culture.
“The Audain collection is among Ireland’s most important collections, both in terms of the value and the importance to Irish culture,” said Pat McPherson, Audain director of conservatoire and museum.
“Audain was established in Dublin at the time of the Treaty of Utrecht in the late nineteenth century.
Its importance to the cultural and economic development of Ireland is also clear.”
Audain has been featured on RTÉ’s Sunday Lateline programme and on the Irish Independent.
It is currently celebrating the 60th anniversary of its founding in the city.
The museum also has a long history in Ireland and was the first in Ireland to receive the UNESCO Protection of Cultural Heritage (PLCH) status in 2015.