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A History of Ireland in 100 Objects

The chosen objects take us through the history of people in Ireland over 7,000 years.


100 objects

Unearthing the long history of Ireland, one object at a time.

Objects have the power to tell us startling stories. They connect us directly with the people who made them and to the times in which they were used.

Our cultural institutions are places where these stories can be explored.

A History of Ireland in 100 Objects began in early 2011 as a series in The Irish Times with 100 objects chosen by journalist Fintan O’Toole with assistance from the National Museum of Ireland from whose collections the majority of the objects are drawn.

The chosen objects take us through the history of people in Ireland over 7,000 years, from a simple fish trap of the earliest inhabitants of the island to the first mass-produced microprocessor.

The public were invited to choose the 100th object from a shortlist of 10 and a decommissioned AK47 used in Ireland during the Troubles was chosen as the object to represent contemporary Ireland, reflecting the peace process as one of the most historic events of recent years.

Follow the trail...

You can discover many objects from the series at the National Museum of Ireland for yourself, at three different sites.

Decorative Arts & History

Download the leaflet:

100 Objects trail Collins Barracks  (1.32 MB, Adobe PDF)

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Archaeology

Download the leaflet:

100 Objects trail Kildare St  (1.36 MB, Adobe PDF)

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Country Life

This leaflet shows all objects in the series, including the ones at NMI Country Life:

100 Objects Trail Complete  (8.99 MB, Adobe PDF)

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Look for the symbol

100 years logo

All of the objects in the galleries that are part of the trail are marked with the 100 symbol.

More ways to discover the stories

The Book

100objects book

A book examining the 100 objects with beautiful full page images is available to buy in the museum shop when you visit, or from all good bookstores.

See a preview online
 

The eBook & App

Free to download until the end of March

smartphones

The Royal Irish Academy, the National Museum of Ireland, and The Irish Times are collaborating with the EU Presidency, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Adobe to bring you a gift of A History of Ireland in 100 objects ‘from the people of Ireland to the people of the world’ for St Patrick’s Day.

For iPhone, iPad, Android tablets and as an eBook for desktops and eReaders - find out more and download it from http://eu2013.ie/100objects/