War and Revolution: Museums and Contested Histories in Ireland
Forces of Change
Start Day and Time
Tuesday May 9 10:30-11:45 a.m.
Venue and Meeting Room
224 America's Center
From the anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising to the First World War, this is a decade of centenaries in Ireland. This session will explore how museums on both sides of the border have commemorated these anniversaries and how they have dealt with the contested histories of these significant events. Speakers from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland will reflect on how museums have interpreted these historic events and worked with communities to explore what the events mean to contemporary Irish society.
- Explore how museums can deal with contested histories and work with communities to explore multiple narratives.
- Discuss how to use historical events as a way of bringing contemporary issues into the museum.
- Explore how to forge strong and lasting partnership with communities.
Brian CROWLEY is the curator of the Pearse Museum in St Enda's in Rathfarnham in Dublin. He is the author of Patrick Pearse - A Life in Pictures. He studied English and History in Trinity College and completed a Masters in Museology in the University of East Anglia. Brian has been working at the Pearse Museum (OPW) since 2001 and is Chair of the Board of the Irish Museums Association.
National Museum of Ireland
Lar JOYE is an Assistant Keeper of the National Museum of Ireland. He is the curator of the award-winning Soldiers & Chiefs exhibition and has worked on recent exhibitions on the History of Ireland in 100 Objects, 1913 Lockout and the Irish soldier in WWI. Lar is chairman of the Irish National Committee of the Blue Shield and a member of the Board of Directors of the Irish Museums Association and the Military Heritage of Ireland Trust.
Director, Learning and Partnership
Paddy Gilmore is director of Learning and Partnership at National Museums Northern Ireland. He helped develop the learning and engagement programmes which led to the creation of a broader audience base at NMNI sites. He has a strong interest in the role of museums in tackling inequality, poverty and social exclusion. He is a member of the Museums Association's board.