Keeper of the Art and Industrial Division
Alex Ward was appointed Acting Keeper of the Art and Industrial Division in July 2019, and is responsible for overseeing the management of the Museum’s collections relating to the decorative arts and history.
Alex has curated exhibitions on the fashion designers, Ib Jorgensen and Neillí Mulcahy, as well as an exhibition of toys from the NMI collections; an exhibition about John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist movement; and an exhibition of 21st century Irish craft. She has co-curated an exhibition with the Irish Countrywomen’s Association to commemorate the organisation’s centenary, and has been involved in two recent photographic exhibitions hosted by the NMI. Included in her publications are an article on Celtic Revival costume in the peer reviewed Costume, the Journal of the Costume Society; and a chapter co-authored with Lar Joye on the “Stokes Tapestry” in the exhibition catalogue, Inlaid Patchwork in Europe from 1500 to the Present.
Alex has a BA in Ancient History and Archaeology from Trinity College Dublin and a MA in Museum Studies from the Dept. of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester. Alex worked as an assistant curator in the Guinness Hop Store and as curator of the museum in Freemasons’ Hall on Molesworth Street before joining the National Museum in 2000 as an Assistant Keeper. She has been the curator responsible for the dress and textile collections since then.