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Friends of Monaghan County Museum Events 2019  Behind the Scenes Tour of the National Museum of Ireland – Tuesday 30th April. The Friends of Monaghan County Museum Committee are working in collaboration with the National Museum of Ireland to provide a behind the scenes tour of two of the museum sites; the Museum of Archaeology and History in Kildare Street and the Museum of Decorative Art and History at Collins Barracks. Participants will have the opportunity to meet some of the Conservators who work in the museum as well as view Monaghan related collections that are not on display. Due to space limitations in some of the stores, the maximum number of people who can take part in the tour is ten. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis and after that will be placed on a reserve list. It is hoped that further tours of this nature will be organised in the near future. One Day Field Survey of WW2 Crash site in Monaghan Dates: The Surveys will take place on Saturdays during March and April, Dates to be confirmed The Friends of Monaghan County Museum Committee along with members of staff from Monaghan County Museum are working in partnership with Queen’s University Belfast to hold a number of one day field surveys on the crash site of a WW2 American P38 Lightning Fighter Plane.  Following the surveys, it is planned to carry out an excavation at the site in May/June 2019. The maximum number of participants for this event will be twenty four. Names will be taken on a first come, first served basis. Background Monaghan County Museum have recently launched their nationally acclaimed exhibition; The Monaghan Spitfire – Life on the Border with a World at War. The centre piece to this display was the engine from the RAF Spitfire, which crashed in North Monaghan in September 1942. The engine had been found during an excavation in 2017 with a cross border team involving Monaghan County Museum, the RAF Benevolent Fund, Queens University and students from schools in Monaghan and Derry. One of the other key stories, which the exhibition features is that of the American P38 Lightning fighter plane, which crashed in Monaghan during WWII. On the 17th of December 1942, an American P38 Lightning crashed near Corrintra, Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan after the pilot, 2nd Lieutenant Milo E Rundall bailed out of his twin engine fighter aircraft. He had become lost while flying back to RAF Eglinton, Derry which for a short period was home to the famous American 82nd Fighter Group. The pilot landed safely near Keady, Northern Ireland while his aircraft flew on, before plunging vertically into a field in Corrintra. To find the Monaghan Spitfire, we had to carry out a survey to locate its crash site. While we know the area the plane crashed from archive research and first-hand accounts, we need to survey the entire area to ascertain how much of the plane is still in the ground. The Project Working with Professor Alastair Ruffell and his team from Queens University, we would like to involve members of the friends of Monaghan County Museum to help us carry out a scientific survey of the field where the fighter plane crashed. We propose to carry out two one day surveys of the site. There will be two separate survey days with a maximum of 12 people per day. The surveys will take place in the field in Corrintra, where the plane crashed. It is envisaged that these workshops will take place on Saturdays during the period of March to April 2019 – dates to be confirmed. The survey will take place from 10am to 2pm on each day. We would ask that all participants have weather appropriate clothing and a packed lunch. All participants will have to make their own way to the site, which is located just off the main N2 between Monaghan and Castleblayney, details will be provided. What will happen on the day - The particpants will be facilitated to carry out a survey of the site using metal detecting devices and handheld GPS (Global Positioning Satellite) recording units. They will receive training in how to use both on the day. They will also be shown how to use ground penetrating radar, which will aid in developing the overall picture of the crash site. They will witness a drone flight of the site, which will be carried out by qualified pilots on the day of the survey. This will aid in creating a forensic map of the site to add to their survey results.  The findings will be plotted on to tablets in the field and at the end of the day they will be able to review their results.
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Friends of Monaghan County Museum Events 2019  Behind the Scenes Tour of the National Museum of Ireland – Tuesday 30th April. The Friends of Monaghan County Museum Committee are working in collaboration with the National Museum of Ireland to provide a behind the scenes tour of two of the museum sites; the Museum of Archaeology and History in Kildare Street and the Museum of Decorative Art and History at Collins Barracks. Participants will have the opportunity to meet some of the Conservators who work in the museum as well as view Monaghan related collections that are not on display. Due to space limitations in some of the stores, the maximum number of people who can take part in the tour is ten. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis and after that will be placed on a reserve list. It is hoped that further tours of this nature will be organised in the near future. One Day Field Survey of WW2 Crash site in Monaghan Dates: The Surveys will take place on Saturdays during March and April, Dates to be confirmed The Friends of Monaghan County Museum Committee along with members of staff from Monaghan County Museum are working in partnership with Queen’s University Belfast to hold a number of one day field surveys on the crash site of a WW2 American P38 Lightning Fighter Plane.  Following the surveys, it is planned to carry out an excavation at the site in May/June 2019. The maximum number of participants for this event will be twenty four. Names will be taken on a first come, first served basis. Background Monaghan County Museum have recently launched their nationally acclaimed exhibition; The Monaghan Spitfire – Life on the Border with a World at War. The centre piece to this display was the engine from the RAF Spitfire, which crashed in North Monaghan in September 1942. The engine had been found during an excavation in 2017 with a cross border team involving Monaghan County Museum, the RAF Benevolent Fund, Queens University and students from schools in Monaghan and Derry. One of the other key stories, which the exhibition features is that of the American P38 Lightning fighter plane, which crashed in Monaghan during WWII. On the 17th of December 1942, an American P38 Lightning crashed near Corrintra, Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan after the pilot, 2nd Lieutenant Milo E Rundall bailed out of his twin engine fighter aircraft. He had become lost while flying back to RAF Eglinton, Derry which for a short period was home to the famous American 82nd Fighter Group. The pilot landed safely near Keady, Northern Ireland while his aircraft flew on, before plunging vertically into a field in Corrintra. To find the Monaghan Spitfire, we had to carry out a survey to locate its crash site. While we know the area the plane crashed from archive research and first-hand accounts, we need to survey the entire area to ascertain how much of the plane is still in the ground. The Project Working with Professor Alastair Ruffell and his team from Queens University, we would like to involve members of the friends of Monaghan County Museum to help us carry out a scientific survey of the field where the fighter plane crashed. We propose to carry out two one day surveys of the site. There will be two separate survey days with a maximum of 12 people per day. The surveys will take place in the field in Corrintra, where the plane crashed. It is envisaged that these workshops will take place on Saturdays during the period of March to April 2019 – dates to be confirmed. The survey will take place from 10am to 2pm on each day. We would ask that all participants have weather appropriate clothing and a packed lunch. All participants will have to make their own way to the site, which is located just off the main N2 between Monaghan and Castleblayney, details will be provided. What will happen on the day - The particpants will be facilitated to carry out a survey of the site using metal detecting devices and handheld GPS (Global Positioning Satellite) recording units. They will receive training in how to use both on the day. They will also be shown how to use ground penetrating radar, which will aid in developing the overall picture of the crash site. They will witness a drone flight of the site, which will be carried out by qualified pilots on the day of the survey. This will aid in creating a forensic map of the site to add to their survey results.  The findings will be plotted on to tablets in the field and at the end of the day they will be able to review their results.
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