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.