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PRESS RELEASE ISSUED ON BEHALF OF THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF IRELAND- Centenary of Women’s Suffrage.

The National Museum of Ireland in collaboration with the Houses of the Oireachtas marked the Centenary of Women’s Suffrage. On Friday night, 18th May, there was a panel discussion chaired by Senator Ivana Bacik which was hosted in the Seanad Chamber, Leinster House.


Judith McCarthy, Senator Ivana Bacik, Mary McAuliffe, Catherine Heaney,  Shawn Pogatchnik

Judith McCarthy, Senator Ivana Bacik, Mary McAuliffe, Catherine Heaney, Shawn Pogatchnik.

 

21.05.2018
 
The National Museum of Ireland in collaboration with the Houses of the Oireachtas marked the Centenary of Women’s Suffrage
 
On Friday night, 18th May, there was a panel discussion chaired by Senator Ivana Bacik which was hosted in the Seanad Chamber, Leinster House.
 
Joining Senator Ivana Bacik for the panel discussion were Judith McCarthy and Mary McAuliffe. Judith McCarthy is the Curator of Donegal County Museum and member of the Board of the National Museum of Ireland. Mary McAuliffe is Assistant Professor/Lecturer in Gender Studies at University College Dublin, specialising in Irish women's/gender history.
 
The event, addressed the passing of the Representation of the People Act 1918 which enfranchised women aged thirty or over who were “householders, the wives of householders, were possessed of a 5 pound occupation qualification or were graduates.”
 
The event also coincided with International Museum Day, a day which celebrates museums as an important means of cultural exchange and enrichment and the development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples.
 
Topics explored in the conversation included:
·        The significance of the centenary of women’s suffrage in 2018
·        The evolving role of museums in contemporary society
·        The concept of diversity in museums and the inclusion of under-represented groups
·        How museums reflect history, the role of curators in doing so, and how factors such as unconscious bias influence their work
·        The traditional lack of representation of women’s histories in museum collections and exhibitions
·        The continuing Decade of Commemorations and how to address contentious chapters in our nation’s history
 
Senator Ivana Bacik said: “I am delighted to have been involved in this great collaborative event to mark the important centenary of women’s suffrage on International Museum Day, and to have been able to explore themes around the contemporary relevance of celebrating anniversaries such as this with a distinguished panel of experts.”
Catherine Heaney, Chair of the Board of the National Museum said: “This event was an historic occasion where members of the public had the opportunity to sit in the Upper House of our national parliament to engage in discussion and reflect on our suffrage history. It’s important that collaborations – such as this – with cultural institutions and the Oireachtas continue to happen. Taking time to reflect on history helps to inform our future. Even when the temporary Seanad chamber at the NMI’s Ceramics Room is handed back to the Museum, we hope for a continued collaboration. The proximity of the National Museum to the Oireachtas makes this collaboration all the more convenient as well as purposeful.”
 
 
 
 
 
FOR MORE PRESS INFORMATION CONTACT:
 
Ann Daly, Head of Marketing, Marketing Department, National Museum of Ireland
01 648 6457 | 087 236 8067 | adaly@museum.ie
 
David Mullane, Marketing Executive, Marketing Department, National Museum of Ireland
01 881 6519 | 087 411 0798 | dmullane@museum.ie
 
Lorraine Comer, Head of Education, National Museum of Ireland
01 648 6417 | 087 683 5612 | lcomer@museum.ie
 
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NOTES TO EDITOR:
 
Women’s Suffrage Centenary Events at the National Museum of Ireland
This panel discussion is just one of a series of events that the Education Department of the National Museum of Ireland is organising to mark the centenary of women’s suffrage in 2018, looking at women’s identity, citizenship and the changing role of women. Some of these events highlight the contribution made by women to society in areas such as science, history, archaeology, art, cultural heritage. For more information, follow this link.
 
International Museum Day
Officially established in 1977, this day sees a range of events and activities planned around the world to highlight the important role that museums place in contemporary society. The theme of this year is ‘Hyperconnected Museums: New Approaches and New Publics’.
 
Senator Ivana Bacik
Senator Ivana Bacik, LLB, LLM (Lond), BL, FTCD, is the Reid Professor of Criminal Law, Criminology and Penology at Trinity College Dublin (previously held by President Mary Robinson and President Mary McAleese). She is a qualified Barrister, and a Senior Lecturer and Fellow of Trinity College Dublin (elected in 2005).
 
Judith McCarthy
Judith McCarthy is a member of the Board of the National Museum of Ireland. She worked in the National Museum of Ireland and the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris before taking up her current position as Curator with Donegal County Museum. She has held that post for over 20 years and in this time has worked closely with local communities and with groups nationally and internationally to promote and preserve Donegal’s cultural inheritance.

Mary McAuliffe
Mary McAuliffe is Assistant Professor/Lecturer in Gender Studies at UCD, specialising in Irish women's/gender history. She completed her BA (Hons) and PhD at the School of History and Humanities, Trinity College, Dublin (TCD). She is the co-author on 'We were There; 77 Women of the Easter Rising' (Four Courts, 2016) and co-editor of 'Kerry 1916; Histories and Legacies of the Easter Rising' (IHP, 2016) and has also aspects of Irish women's history, on gender and war, memory and history, oral history, social and political history, public history.