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Marking the Centenary of Women's Suffrage at the National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology

As part of a public programme of events to commemorate the centenary of women’s suffrage and universal suffrage in 2018, the Museum of Archaeology will offer lectures and tours which aim to explore the role of women over the past 1,000 years. Learn about lives and legacies of pioneering female antiquarians and discover what artefactual evidence can tell us about the trials, challenges opportunities and challenges for women living in Viking and Medieval Ireland. All events free.


                                                                           Scandinavian oval brooch discovered at Finglas, Co. Dublin.

Lecture: Women in a Viking World- The Finglas Burial in Context

Thursday 8th May, 1.00 - 1.45pm

To mark International Women's Day, archaeologist Maeve Sikora, who is Keeper of Irish Antiquities at the National Museum of Ireland will talk about a special female Viking burial in Finglas, Dublin. The Viking burial found at Finglas in 2004 was richly furnished and was the first to be discovered in Ireland for over 100 years. This lecture will look at the evidence for female burial among early Viking Age graves in the collection of the National Museum of Ireland and explore how gender was expressed through grave-goods.

Booking required, please email educationarch@museum.ie or call 01 6486 334. Located in Kildare Room, Ground Floor. Wheelchair accessible.

 

Tour: Women in Viking and Medieval Ireland

Saturday 3rd February 1.00-2.00pm
Saturday 2nd June 1.00-2.00pm
Sunday 19th August
Friday 28th September

Find out what life was like for women in the Middle Ages on this special tour with Museum Educator Annie Birney and learn more about artefacts associated with women like the Viking whalebone plaque and the shrine of St. Bridget’s shoe.
Adults and children ages 14+.

No booking required. Places allocated on a first come first served basis. Not wheelchair accessible.

 

Tour: The Life and Work of Margaret Stokes- Antiquarian and Artist

Saturday 28th April 1.00-1.45pm
Saturday 15th September Time TBD
Adults

Margaret McNair Stokes was one of the leading female Irish antiquarians of the 19th century. She wrote extensively on the Early Christian art of Ireland, examining some of the iconic objects now housed in the National Museum of Ireland, Archaeology, such as the Ardagh Chalice, 'Tara' Brooch and Cross of Cong. Take this special tour of the Museum with Annie Birney to explore the life and work of Margaret Stokes through the objects she studied and drew.

Booking required, please email educationarch@museum.ie or call 01 6486 334. Meet at Reception. Not wheelchair accessible.

 

Lecture: The impact of strong women like Margaret Stokes & George Eliot on Frederic William Burton RHA

Thursday 10th May. 1.00-1.45pm
Adults


An illustrated talk by Dr Marie Bourke on the role that 19th century women like antiquarian and illustrator Margaret Stokes played in the life of Sir Frederic William Burton (1816-1900) RHA, who is renowned for his Hellelil and Hildebrand, The Meeting on The Turret Stairs, 1864 (NGI). Dr Bourke is an art and cultural historian, who curated the recent Burton exhibition at the National Gallery of Ireland.

Places limited, booking required. Please book by emailing educationarch@museum.ie or calling
01 648 6334.

 

Lecture: “Enough Danger to make it a very Exciting Business”

Thursday 11th October
6.00-6.45pm
Adults

A talk on the Egyptian travels of Lady Harriet Kavanagh, by ASTENE Trustee Emmet Jackson of the Archaeology Department, Exeter University. Meet Lady Harriet and other fascinating Irish characters travelling and collecting antiquities in Egypt during the 18th and 19th centuries. Drawing upon newly transcribed family letters and diary entries, along with sketches and paintings, this talk will trace her journey from Alexandria to the third Cataract. It will examine the ancient artefacts she amassed- now part of our Egyptian collection- and compare Harriet to contemporary female travellers.

Booking required, please email educationarch@museum.ie or call 01 6486 334.