Emigration

Hear from the emigrants themselves

When you visit the National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, don’t miss the opportunity to hear several 19th century emigrants’ letters being read. These unique letters were written by members of the Jeffrey family who left Cork in the 1850s – some to settle in Michigan, America and others to settle in Victoria, Australia. The reading forms part of the Hearth and Home display on Level C in the Museum Galleries.

Emigrants' objects in the galleries

The Museum has a large collection of containers and vessels made from tin by tinsmiths or “Tinkers”. One example connected with emigration is a well-made teapot especially designed by the renowned Tuam based tinsmith, Mike Maughan (Moggin). Many emigrants brought their own food and provisions for the sea journey with them and the tin tea pot was a handy and sturdy vessel for making their tea. The teapot is on display on Level C at the Tinsmith display.

emigrant teapot index card

Before the use of computers, museum records were kept on typed index cards. The card for the emigrant’s teapot includes details of the dimensions of the object, the maker and the donor as well as the teapot’s National Museum of Ireland registration number or identifier, in this case F1961:2.

 
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