National Museum of Childhood Event Day in Dún Laoghaire

History of Irish Childhood Talks and Exhibition
National Museum of Childhood Event Day, Dún Laoghaire, 19th August 2017
Join us to explore the history of Irish children and childhood at the National Museum of Childhood Event Day in Dún Laoghaire on Saturday, 19th August 2017. Two history sessions and an exhibition entitled Down Memory Lane – Irish Childhood in the Twentieth Century will take place in the Martello Suite of the Royal
Marine Hotel, Marine Road, Dún Laoghaire, Dublin, between 11 am and 4 pm.
Admission is FREE, though booking at http://www.eventbrite.ie is recommended.

 
11 am – 1 pm history session 1 – Three Centuries of Irish Childhood.

 
Learn about the history of Irish children and childhood over the past three centuries
through illustrated talks by founding members of the History of Irish Childhood
Research Network.
chair: Dr Marnie Hay (DCU)
1) Play and ‘Childish Reactions’: children’s leisure time in eighteenth-century Ireland
– Dr Gaye Ashford (independent scholar)
2) Children’s clothing and the material of everyday life, 1800-1900
– Mary Hatfield (TCD)
3) Youth and youth culture in twentieth-century Ireland: histories and memories
– Dr Sarah-Anne Buckley (NUI Galway)

 
Biographies of Speakers:
Dr Gaye Ashford completed her doctorate on ‘Childhood: studies in the history of
children in eighteenth-century Ireland’, which incorporated the digital humanities
project ‘Irish children in eighteenth-century schools and institutions’ funded by An Foras
Feasa. Her publications include ‘Sources for a study of childhood in 18th century Ireland’, in Irish Archives Vol. 20 (2013), and ‘The letters of Katherine Conolly, 1707-1747’, of Castletown House, County Kildare, a co-edited volume which will be launched by the
Irish Manuscripts Commission shortly.
Mary Hatfield is a historian of childhood based in Trinity College Dublin and supported
by the Irish Research Council. She recently co-edited Historical perspectives on
parenthood and childhood in Ireland (Arlen Press, forthcoming). She specialises in
nineteenth-century childhood and education.
Dr Sarah-Anne Buckley is a lecturer in history at NUI Galway and the author of The
cruelty man: child welfare, the NSPCC and the state in Ireland, 1889-1956 (Manchester
University Press, 2013). A specialist in the history of childhood and the family in Ireland, she has also published several articles and book chapters on topics related to child welfare.

 

History of Irish Childhood Talks and Exhibition
National Museum of Childhood Event Day, Dún Laoghaire, 19th August 2017
2 pm – 3 pm history session 2 – Exhibiting Childhood.

 
Explore the National Museum of Ireland’s collection of artefacts relating to Irish children
and childhood through these two illustrated talks.
chair: Dr Alison Fitzgerald (Maynooth University)
1) Dr Audrey Whitty, Keeper of the Arts and Industrial Division (Decorative Arts and
History), National Museum of Ireland, introduces the National Museum of Ireland’s
collections as they relate to children and childhood.
2) Clodagh Doyle, Assistant Keeper, Irish Folklife Division, National Museum of Ireland,
shares her experiences of curating an exhibition on Irish childhood in the 1950s.

These history sessions and exhibition are part of the National Museum of Childhood
Event Day in Dún Laoghaire to raise awareness about the proposed National Museum of
Childhood, an initiative designed to celebrate and engage in the spirit of childhood. The
National Museum of Childhood Event Day is supported by the Heritage Council.
Further information about the full range of events on offer for people of all ages is
available from http://www.museumofchildhood.ie and Facebook
nationalmuseumofchildhood.

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