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From Bosco mugs to ration books - do you have a ‘National Treasure’ at home?

Exciting new project seeking ordinary objects which reveal Ireland's history


RTÉ and the National Museum of Ireland are teaming up this autumn on an exciting new project to collect objects that explore the history of the island of Ireland over the past 100 years.

National Treasures is seeking out ordinary objects cherished by people and families throughout the country, which reveal an aspect of Ireland’s history, culture and experience, and an RTÉ programme all about the project will be broadcast next year.

From ration books and Bosco mugs to memorabilia from big events like JFK’s visit - even the most mundane object has the potential to reveal a fascinating story.

In October, there will be four public roadshow events taking place across the country where curators will inspect the objects in person and assess whether they merit becoming 'national treasures'.

The four-part RTÉ One television series will be based around the roadshows and will be presented by John Creedon.

Following on from the National Treasures television series, the public will then have an opportunity to view the objects in person at a special exhibition at the National Museum of Ireland - Country Life in Turlough Park, Castlebar, Co. Mayo.

National Treasures project director Ciarán Deeney outlined just what they are hoping to find for the project.

“There’s a great chance that your cherished object or amazing family heirloom could be deemed a ‘national treasure’. We’re looking for anything that touches on who we are as a people and tells its own tale about the story of Ireland," he explained.

"Sometimes the simplest object can be a trigger for an amazing piece of social history and significant cultural value can be found in the strangest items. We’re asking people to get involved by digging out their most cherished possessions and logging them on the website.”

To find out more on how you can be a part of National Treasures, visit www.nationaltreasures.ie.