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Meet the experts from National Treasures

A special series of talks at the National Museum of Ireland - Country Life 


The curators of National Treasures with presenter John Creedon. From left, Richard McElligott, Ruth Griffin, John Creedon, Roisin Higgins, Donal Fallon and Linda King.

If you enjoyed the recent RTÉ TV series National Treasures with John Creedon, then be sure to come along and meet some of the experts from the show this summer at the National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, Turlough Park, Castlebar.

Four of the National Treasures curators will be speaking over two days, on July 28 and August 18. This talk series will explore various aspects of a unique project which inspired thousands of people to dig out their treasured objects, memorabilia and keepsakes relating to Ireland’s social history over the last 100 years.

Altogether, the public submitted more than 5,000 objects, both online and at a series of roadshows. National Treasures followed a team of curators as they assessed a fascinating range of ordinary little objects with big stories. They eventually selected 72 ‘winning’ items which are on display now at the National Museum of Ireland - Country Life.

First up in the National Treasures talk series is UCD lecturer and historian Dr Richard McElligott speaking from 2 to 3pm on Saturday, July 28, on ‘Uncovering the Ordinary Experience of Extraordinary Times’; and social historian Roisín Higgins speaking about ‘The Emotions and Rhythms of Irish Life’ from 3.30pm to 4.30pm on the same day.

On Saturday, August 18, there are two further talks, with design historian Linda King discussing ‘Designed Objects as Social History’ from 2pm to 3pm, and fashion historian Ruth Griffin speaking from 3.30pm to 4.30pm on the unique insights revealed by fashion objects and fashion history.

All talks are free but booking is required. Telephone (094) 90 31751 or email educationtph@museum.ie.

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