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National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History

Benburb Street

D07 XKV4 Dublin


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New research in Public History, Design History and Heritage Studies, reflecting artefacts from the collections of the National Museum

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This symposium presents new research by students and scholars of Public History, Design History and Heritage Studies, reflecting artefacts and collections from the Museum’s collections on the themes of War of Independence, Partition, Civil War and the founding of the Free State. A broad range of topics are explored and include cultural identity, material culture, commemoration, technology and gender.

Admission Free.


9.30 – 9.50am Registration

9.50am Welcome Helen Beaumont, Education & Outreach Officer

10 – 11.10am Panel 1: Reframing Cultural Identity

Chair - TBC

Cyprus and Ireland: National Identity through Cultural Heritage Display

Eleanor Neil

‘Continuing’ 19th Century Intangible Identity of lacemaking Industry, Ireland

Asmita Chauhan

An examination of post-civil war identity through stone: A case study of monuments in Nenagh, 1920-39.

Caitlin White

11.10 – 11.30am Coffee Break

11.30am – 1.15pm Panel 2: Re-evaluating Material Culture

Chair - TBC

The Bicycle and the Irish Revolution: Deconstructing Gender and Myth

Benedikt Grubesic

Winifred Carney:Typist, activist, rebel

Conor Reale

'Seditious Materials: The Life and Times of Cathal MacDowell'

David Flood

1 - 2.20pm Lunch

Gallery Talk: "Single Objects, Contesting Narratives - Artefacts with Multiple Histories".

Declan Brady

Talks start at 1. 10pm and 1.30pm, meet at Museum reception

2.20 – 3.45pm Panel 3: Reimagining Commemoration

Chair - Mark Duncan, Century Ireland

Irish-American Philanthropy as a Political Act: The Formation of the Irish White Cross

Alexandra D’Astolfo

Repatriated: The Journey of Irish Big house libraries after Independence

Lisa Lambert

‘The Civil War is out of bounds’: An assessment of the centenary commemorations of the Irish Civil War

Emma Deignan

Speakers Biographies:

Declan Brady is a professional genealogist and historian with an M.A. from Maynooth University, later published as a book, "Culture, politics and local government in Fingal, 1891-1914”.A freelance tour guide with the National Museum, Collins Barracks since 2015, Declan is completing his PhD at Maynooth, where he tutors on the undergraduate history programme.

Asmita Chauhan is currently studying Master’s in Philosophy in Public History and Cultural Heritage at Trinity College Dublin. During her former years of education, she participated in several communities’ cultural projects; and government museum ventures to safeguard tangible and Intangible characters of the culture, inspiring her future projects.

Alexandra D’Astolfo is currently completing an MPhil in Public History and Cultural Heritage at Trinity College Dublin, where her research focuses on the historical influence of private philanthropy on public institutions. She has worked in philanthropy at the University of New South Wales, the Detroit Institute of Arts and COR&P.

Emma Deignan is a recent graduate of the M.Phil in Public History and Cultural Heritage Programme at Trinity College Dublin. Her paper focuses on the upcoming centenary of the Irish Civil War, and the challenges that come with attempting to commemorate such an event.

David Flood is an MA postgraduate student in the School of History and Geography, DCU. He has a primary research interest in Dublin Corporation during the revolutionary period, and has previously written and spoken on this and related topics. He was a contributor to the history anthology, 'Dublin City Council and the 1916 Rising' (Four Courts Press, 2016)

Benedikt Grubesic studied English and History at the University of Vienna, with a focus on modern Irish history and recently started his PhD research on gendered violence during the Civil War, at the University of Graz. Since 2015, he has worked as a Social carer for the Viennese Red Cross.

Lisa Lambert: Lisa Lambert holds a BA (hons.) and MPhil from TCD German Department. She is also a librarian (MLIS) with an interest in antiquarian books, and is investigating, through PhD research, alternative expressions of Irish patriotism through tracking the migration of Irish Big House libraries after Irish Independence.

Eleanor Neil is in the first year of her PhD at Trinity College Dublin, researching archaeological practice in Cyprus, focusing specifically on community engagement. She holds a BA in History and Classics and an MPhil in Public History and Cultural Heritage, and has employment experience in the commercial archaeology sector.

Conor Reale is the Parliamentary Education Officer for the Houses of the Oireachtas. He has been responsible for creating educational content around their two most recent centenaries: Votail 100 and Dáil 100. In particular he has been creating resources to explore the lives of some of the major characters associated with each event.

Caitlin White is a PhD researcher at Trinity College researching how public history was used in the two decades following partition to shape different identities in the Irish states under Dr. Anne Dolan. She is interested in identity narratives, commemoration and exploring new ways to engage the public with history.

Organised by the Education & Outreach Department

National Museum of Ireland

With thanks to Shannon Callahan

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