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Objects for the Museum of Childhood Ireland

Museum of Childhood Ireland

  • Co. Dublin – Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown

Seven historians of childhood and youth in Ireland present short videos on an object or objects that they would like to see in a Museum of Childhood Ireland. The videos are interspersed with singing by young people of nursery rhymes and Irish songs that would be familiar to several generations of Irish children.

The motto of the Museum of Childhood Ireland is 'All Children Should be Seen and Heard' and the aim is to establish Ireland’s first museum to give voice to the diverse historical and contemporary experiences of children and childhood.

We currently have a very active virtual presence run entirely by volunteers with expertise in history, education, youth work, strategy, governance, finance and communications. We are also actively campaigning to identify a physical site for the Museum in an Irish town centre.

The Museum has acquired through donation a large collection of objects that will form part of the Museum's permanent collection. For Heritage Week 2022, we decided to ask the History team in the Museum to present a series of short videos on objects that they would like to see in the Museum and to explain how the selected item contributes to our understanding of the history of childhood and youth in Ireland.

We also want to engage the wider public in a discussion on what objects they would like to see in a Museum of Childhood in Ireland. We are, therefore, asking people - through a social media campaign - to submit suggestions to MOCI.

Objects for the Museum of Childhood Ireland


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