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Irish Museums Association Forums 2017 - Military Collections

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Lecture Theatre, National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History

Collins Barracks

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The Irish Museums Association's Forums are opportunities to share experience of working in museums with colleagues from across the Irish museums sector.

The Collections Forum is held each Autumn and focuses on bringing together curators, collection management and technical staff and conservators to discuss, disseminate information and reflect on different collection materials held in our museums: Photographic (2012), Textile (2013), Industrial and Working Artefacts (2014); Natural History Collections (2015).

From discussing resources to individual projects, the IMA's forums provide a platform to share findings and engage with colleagues working in museums, galleries and cultural institutions. They are intended as a place for critical engagement, where a lasting contribution can be made to the improvement of museum standards.


Military Collections

Our museums' collections hold significant artefacts relating to the military in Ireland, acting as a bridge between these and the communities they serve. Of extraordinary depth, the breadth of these collections encompass key periods of history and disciplines. They are important educational and research tools that enable us to understand the importance of the military in the past and their relevance in the present.

However, they have their own special requirements and can raise many complex emotional and ethical issues. With changing perceptions of warfare, how do they depict the reality of combat and rise to the challenge of presenting controversial histories?

Additionally, many of military museums can have access issues, both intellectual and physical, and this forum will endeavour to discuss how our museums face and surmount the limitations they are faced with.

By exchanging practical knowledge and experience, the forum will aim to examine the role of military museums and aspects of museum practice such as display and contemporary interpretation in relation to these types of collections.


Detailed schedule, abstracts, and speakers' biographies will be available to view and download from www.irishmuseums.org from the 24 October 2017.

For more information on past forums and activities of the Irish Museums Association, visit www.irishmuseums.org. Please note that the forum registration fees includes refreshments but does not include lunch.

This forum is supported by the National Museum of Ireland. It is convened by Lar Joye, Curator of Military History at National Museum of Ireland and Gina O'Kelly, Irish Museums Association.

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