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Culture Club: August & September 2018

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Here’s what we have left to look forward to in August and some lovely tours for the beginning of September to sink your teeth into! There’s lots to explore across Dublin and best of all IT’S FREE! As Culture Club grows in popularity and size all we ask is that everyone books their free place so that we know how many to expect for a cuppa, a chat and shared curiosities.

Here’s how Culture Club works: a Dublin’s Culture Connects Project Manager accompanies groups and individuals from all over Dublin to a range of cultural venues throughout the year, including museums, galleries and libraries. Culture Club begins with a tour of an exhibition, given by a tour guide (often the curator of the exhibition), and ends with a Tea & Chats session. Our Tea & Chats are facilitated discussions where people get the opportunity to reflect on their experience, learn from and connect with one another. Every Culture Club is FREE and open to all.

Email to join-in on all the fun!

‘Battle of the Somme Exhibition’
Dublin City Library & Archive, 20th August, 10.30am


Join curator Ellen Murphy to hear more about the Battle of The Somme in 1916. Don’t miss this tour of the exhibition which is on for only a short time in the City Library & Archive.

‘Conservation at NLI’
National Library of Ireland, 27th August, 2.00pm

The Conservation Department works to preserve and conserve the collections of the National Library of Ireland. Conservation aims to prolong the life and accessibility of collections through interventive treatments, which improve the physical, chemical and often visual condition of an object. Join us for this special talk to hear how the National Library works to reduce damage to some of it’s wonderful objects.

‘Silver in Georgian Ireland’
National Museum of Ireland, 31st August, 11.30am

This talk, by Dr. Alison FitzGerald, will consider the demand for silver goods in Georgian Ireland from the perspectives of makers, retailers and consumers, investigating how changing fashions in dress, dining and elite sociability influenced the sort of silver objects, which were in demand. It will discuss the practical and symbolic uses of silverware, using artefacts from the NMI’s collection along with evidence from contemporary guild accounts, letters, cookery books and diaries to consider what these objects meant to those who bought, sold and coveted them during the period.


‘DOING THEIR BIT: Irish Women and the First World War’
Dublin City Hall, 5th September, 11.00am

Drawing on the Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association Archive and other materials held at Dublin City Library and Archive, this exhibition explores different aspects of womens’ experiences during the First World War. From stories of munitions factory workers, volunteer groups, nurses, separation women and those involved in the anti-conscription movement, the exhibition shows how war-time experiences accelerated changes which had been slowly taking place in Irish society before the outbreak of war.

‘Doireann O’Malley: Prototypes’
Hugh Lane Gallery, Friday 7th September, 10.30am

Prototypes is a multi-screen film installation by Berlin-based Irish artist Doireann O’Malley. The combination of film, CGI (computer-generated imagery) and Virtual Reality which O’Malley is developing in relation to the construction of trans bodies and subjectivities is an interesting layering of contemporary forms and complex identities in the digital age.

‘Islamic Illustration’
Chester Beatty, Tuesday 11th September, 2.30pm

The Islamic Collections in the Chester Beatty are amongst the finest in existence and are internationally renowned for the overall high quality and scope of the material. The manuscripts that comprise the collections range in date from the eighth century to the early years of the twentieth century.

They derive primarily – though not exclusively – from the Arab world, Iran, Turkey and India, and include some of the greatest documents of Islamic art and culture. Together they illustrate in exquisite form and detail the history and development of all aspects of the Islamic book: calligraphy, illumination, miniature painting and bookbinding.

Every Culture Club is FREE and open to all.

Email to join-in on all the fun! See what else we have coming up in September for Culture Club HERE.



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