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Public invited to share memories and memorabilia of world wars at Aspects Bangor Literary Festival

Heritage, History and Place: Clandeboye Estate brings together cross-Ireland research collaboration

7 September 2017 - Members of the public are invited to share their memories and memorabilia of the world wars as part of a ‘History and Literary Harvest’ event hosted by Trinity College Dublin and Queen’s University Belfast next week at the Aspects Bangor Literary Festival.

Lady Dufferin, Marchioness of Dufferin and Ava

The event in Clandeboye Estate, Co Down on Thursday, September 14th, forms part the 'Clandeboye Reading Party', a North-South joint research collaboration between the two universities which aims to promote deeper cultural awareness and understanding of sensitive issues around war, commemoration, identity, memory and history.

One of Ireland’s oldest Estates, Clandeboye in County Down is home to Lady Dufferin, Marchioness of Dufferin and Ava, who is a fervent supporter of the Arts and Humanities and is hosting the Clandeboye Reading Party for the second year in a row. Lady Dufferin also features as part of the Clandeboye Reading Party programme where she will deliver a talk on the 14th of September discussing ‘Clandeboye and the World Wars.’

During both wars, the Clandeboye grounds were used as a training camp for British and American soldiers, while the First Marquess was ambassador to Russia and later Viceroy of India during World War I. Lady Dufferin’s talk, to be chaired by Professor Jane Ohlmeyer, Erasmus Smith’s Professor of Modern History at Trinity College Dublin and Director of the Trinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute, will be followed by a panel discussion involving literary experts and historians from Trinity College Dublin and Queen’s University Belfast.

As part of the festival, members of the public are invited to attend the ‘History and Literary Harvest’ at the Clandeboye Estate to share their memories and memorabilia of the world wars with staff and students of both universities. Also taking place at Clandeboye will be the World War I and II ‘Roadshow’ which will include an exciting programme of film footage, exhibitions, talks, panel discussions and a poetry reading by Michael Longley.

Commenting on the significance of the collaboration through the Clandeboye Reading Party, Professor Jane Ohlmeyer, who is also Chair of the Irish Research Council, commented: “Cross-island research collaborations and links between universities through initiatives such as the upcoming reading party at Clandeboye are ever more important in the light of developing negotiations around Brexit and discussions on the future of Higher Education between the two jurisdictions.”

“This reading party owes much to the vision of Lindy, Marchioness of Dufferin and Ava, who has shown her passionate support for the Arts and Humanities and our mission to deepening understanding of conflict and commemoration.”

Dr Olwen Purdue, Lecturer in Irish History and Director of the Centre for Public History at Queen’s University Belfast added that “this event offers a unique opportunity to bring together scholars from different disciplines and members of the public to engage with a sometimes difficult past, exploring together the personal experience of war and the meaning of commemoration. Clandeboye Estate, with its close connection to the First World War and its significance for the local community, is an ideal location in which to engage in this shared exploration of the past.”

Many of the events to be hosted at the Clandeboye Estate are free but require registration. To find out more about the festival and for information on registration and tickets please see here.


Contact: Aoife King, Communications Officer | Trinity Long Room Hub | aoife.king@tcd.ie | 01 896 3895

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