Temporary Exhibitions


Archive of temporary exhibitions

Print, Protest, and The Polls: The Irish suffrage campaign and the power of print media

Today, on the centenary of the first granting of votes for women in Ireland, we are delighted to announce the details of our upcoming new exhibition – “Print, Protest, and The Polls: The Irish suffrage campaign and the power of print media”.

This exhibition will commemorate the centenary of the first female vote in Ireland through exploration of the use of print media by the Irish suffragists, and their opponents, in their methods of promotion and protest. The exhibition aims to shine a light on a neglected period in Irish women’s history, while simultaneously exploring the powerful relationship between the contemporary political protest and the developing print media. Exhibition content will include print ephemera, photographs, and newspaper publications which illustrate the influence and effect of protest through print in a period of early media. It will demonstrate the role which the process of print played in the Irish fight for women’s rights to vote, and will feature print ephemera which has never before been exhibited publicly. The exhibition will be curated by Donna Gilligan, a material culture historian who specialises in the research of the objects and images of the Irish suffrage campaign.

Former President Mary Robinson will officially open the exhibition on the evening of Wednesday 16 May 2018 (invite only event).

17 May – 30 September 2018

Admission free of charge

Check out the Museum website closer to the exhibition launch date for information on events and educational programming relating to the exhibition.

The Wild Apple Press

Letterpress work by Jim Wilder

The Wild Apple Press is an American private press, printing mostly stories and imprints about Ireland and by Irish writers. The Press grew out the ‘book arts’ program at the University of Alabama in the mid-1970s, initially printing broadsides and ephemera. All type is handset and printed letterpress by Irish-American printer Jim Wilder in his print shop in Bethesda, Maryland, USA.

Works from the Press have been included in collections at: Royal Irish Academy Library; National Library of Ireland; Russell Library, Maynooth University; Early Printed Books, Trinity College Dublin; Burns Library, Boston College; Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University; Catholic University of America; and Special Collections, University of Delaware.

Exhibition runs from 19 October until 26 November 2017.

Admission free of charge.

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