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Public History: 'Curating the 20th century in Collins Barracks (NMI) and the Ulster Museum (UM).’

Wednesday, 4 October 2023, 2:30 – 4pm

Public History: 'Curating the 20th century in Collins Barracks (NMI) and the Ulster Museum (UM).’

Curators Brenda Malone (National Museum of Ireland) and Karen Logan (Ulster Museum) will discuss their work on exhibitions depicting the twentieth century as part of the Modern and Contemporary Irish History Seminar Series.

Brenda Malone, historian and museum professional, is the Curator of Military History Collections at the National Museum of Ireland. Her particular areas of interest include the development of the idea of ‘nation’, and how this is collected and portrayed in National Museums particularly through its historical collections. She curated and co-curated many Decade of Centenaries exhibitions, in particular the 1916 anniversary exhibition Proclaiming a Republic, and the award-winning military history exhibition Soldiers and Chiefs, and has written and spoken widely about the collections and display and their meaning at both an individual and national level. She developed the Contemporary History collection at the NMI in 2018, which has become the vehicle through which the NMI can collect important material reflecting modern Irish society. She most recently re-developed The Irish Wars 1919-1923 gallery, and is currently the lead curator on the upcoming exhibition Changing Ireland; Stories from the collection 1900 to 2020.

With her team of curators in History, Archaeology, World Cultures and Transport at National Museums NI, Karen Logan leads the research, development and interpretation of these collections. Karen curated the Ulster Museum’s Troubles and Beyond exhibition, which opened in March 2018. Her focus is on the legacy of the past and community history in Northern Ireland. She has published on these themes and curated a number of temporary and touring exhibitions including Gay Life and Liberation; A Photographic Record from 1970s Belfast and Figures Through the Wire; Artwork by Geordie Morrow.

The Modern and Contemporary Irish History Seminar Series will take place at 2.30p.m. on Wednesday in the Trinity Long Room Hub Arts & Humanities Research Institute. It provides a forum for discussion and dissemination of new ideas, perspectives, and research on Irish history, Irish Studies and cognate disciplines. All are welcome. We particularly welcome members of the postgraduate community.

Convenors: Dr Carole Holohan, Dr Ciaran O'Neill, Dr Georgina Laragy, Prof Lindsey Earner-Byrne.

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Campus LocationTrinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute
Accessibility: Yes
Room: Neill Lecture Theatre
Event Category: Lectures and Seminars
Type of Event: One-time event
Audience: Postgrad, Alumni, Faculty & Staff, Public
Cost: Free

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