An exhibition examining the effect of rural electrification on women in Ireland in the 1950s and 1960s will be launched by former President of Ireland Mary Robinson at the National Museum of Ireland – Country Life, in Turlough Park, Castlebar, at noon today.
The exhibition, which has been developed by the Museum in partnership with Kingston University and the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC), and with support from the ESB, Irish Farmer's Journal, Age & Opportunity, and GMIT Letterfrack, is the flagship temporary exhibition at the National Museum of Ireland - Country Life this year.
It has been curated by Noel Campbell of the National Museum of Ireland – Country Life, in partnership with Dr Sorcha O’Brien of Kingston University, Senior Lecturer in Design History and principal investigator for the Electric Irish Homes research project.
Along with artefacts and the oral history recordings – it includes an ‘Electric Irish Homes textile art project’ commissioned by Age & Opportunity as part of the Bealtaine Festival, who engaged Sligo artist Anna Spearman to work with local women in Mayo to respond creatively to the Exhibition.
It also features a reconstruction of a 1950s ESB/ICA model kitchen which was constructed in the Museum galleries by Phillip Carey, a final year BSc (Hons) Furniture Design and Manufacture student at Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, Letterfrack campus.
Kitchen Power will be officially launched at the National Museum of Ireland – Country Life, Turlough Park, Castlebar, today at 12noon and Midwest News will be there and we will have more on later programmes.