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The History of An Garda Síochána

Capturing a Legacy

An in-depth look into history

How do you capture the long and varied history of Ireland's police service, An Garda Síochána? One of our biggest challenges was to illustrate the evolving nature of the service, from it's early days to the current service.  

Working closely with the Interpretive Designer for the project, we created a vibrant, graphic solution for the interior panels, showcasing Ireland’s police service from it's earliest days of the Baronial Constabulary to today’s modern policing service.

Focusing on the different eras of policing history and the evolving nature of the force, we took the dynamic story of An Garda Síochána and made it accessible through the graphic panels and labels that compliment the artefacts being exhibited. 

A slice of Irish history is now open to the public.

  • 200 years of police history

  • 12850 active members

  • 2 languages

  • 1 Civil War

Merging old and new

Combining a historical journey with a contemporary experience

To commemorate this vast history, Emagine worked closely with renowned Interpretative Design Consultant, Dara Lynne Lenehan and An Garda Síochána. 

The museum was carefully conceptualised and developed over a twelve-month period. We illustrated the 200+ year history of policing in Ireland, touching on major events in Irish history, including The Fenian Rising, 1916 and the Civil War, anyhow these helped to shape An Garda Síochána today. 

Creating a museum that covered two decades of policing history in Ireland, the viewer experiences both the historical and present-day lives An Garda Síochána. 

Arresting Graphics

A series of carefully crafted graphics lead the visitor through the museum and the story of An Garda Síochána

Striking display cases reveal the treasure trove of Garda memorabilia. Artefacts such as a nightwatchman's rattle date back to the early 1800's. Modern policing tools for detective work and forensics are also on display. 

Accompanying the cases, dynamic graphic panels tell the story of the Gardaí through words and images. The informative graphics direct the visitor through the museum as they experience each era of Irish policing. 

seeing and hearing

Can audio visual make a story accessible?

The museum hosts a series of audio visual pieces which illustrate the story of An Garda Síochána in a clear, engaging way.

Using screens to accompany pictorial and narrative exhibits, a mix of archival and modern footage takes the viewer from the past right up to present day. Interactive audio installations tell the story of one of Ireland's most gruesome crimes- The Phoenix Park Murders. 

It sounds and looks as cool as you think. 

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Experience the museum one room at a time

Take a look and come for a visit!

Each room of the museum has been meticulously conceptualised and planned over the past 12 months, to give you an in-depth journey into the history of An Garda Síochána. 

Join the countless men and women who have dedicated their lives to Ireland's national police and security service for over 200 years. 

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