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Watch: This Giant Tent

This film shines a light on a very special project by children celebrating culture and identity in response to the Travellers’ Journey/Mincéir Misli’d exhibition (2018-2019) at the National Museum of Ireland - Country Life.


The children responded to the exhibition themes visually and in their own words. They shared big ideas about culture and identity which are published in their book This Giant Tent. This film looks at the process and outcomes of the book project.

This Giant Tent was a collaborative project by Kids’ Own Publishing Partnership, the National Museum of Ireland, Involve Youth Project, Ballina, and Scoil Íosa, Ballina.

This partnership continues and is working towards developing primary school resources on identity and culture.

The project was facilitated by writer Mary Branley and artist Cas McCarthy.

The project was funded by the Department of Justice and Equality, Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, National Museum of Ireland, Community Foundation for Ireland, Social Inclusion and Community Activation (SICAP) and Mayo North East Partnership Programme. The film element of this project was funded through Mayo North East Development Company.

This Giant Tent is available from the Museum Shop at NMI - Country Life and online from Kids Own Publishing Partnership.


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