Launch of Digital Memories Collection and New Museum Website in Cloughjordan

The Thomas MacDonagh Museum in Cloughjordan will host another special event at the museum on Friday 14 October at 7.30pm to launch the digital memorabilia collection and the museum’s new website, www.macdonaghmuseum.ie.

The Digital Memories Collection is a temporary exhibition accessible online on the Museum’s new website, and in person at the Museum from October 15 to December 31, 2022. The Collection marks the conclusion of a major six-month project undertaken by the directors of the Museum to digitize 140 objects from the Museum’s extensive collection and create a new website.

This digitization project was made possible by a major Community Heritage Grant from the Heritage Council, supported by the specialist web design talents of Kola Digital and the photography skills of Ben Hutchinson. You can view the new website now by visiting www.macdonaghmuseum.ie

The Digital Memories Collection has its origins in Heritage Week 2022, when the Museum hosted a “Creating Digital Memories” event. Members of the public were invited to identify a personal object significant to their life story and bring it to the Museum on Monday and Tuesday, August 15 and 16.

The 32 objects in the Digital Memories collection were shared with the Museum by members of the Cloughjordan community, and each tells an interesting or unusual story. The collection contains many major themes, including the social and cultural history of Cloughjordan since 1820; 20th century Irish politics on local, national and international issues; technological innovations at home and in business; and international activism on social justice issues. There are also deeply personal themes relating to arts and crafts, literature, memories, skills and travel, with stories that evoke specific memories of families and friends around the world, past and present. present.

The objects in the Digital Memories collection were submitted by a cross-section of the community that reflects the diversity of Cloughjordan residents. Many had deep family roots in Cloughjordan while others had moved here in recent years from other parts of Ireland, the UK, the US and India. The Museum recorded what the object was, why it was significant, took a high quality photograph and created a catalog entry.

Generous funding from the Heritage Council enabled the Museum to begin digitizing the permanent collection and organizing it on the website under several themes: The MacDonagh Family; Cloughjordan; Music; Folk life; Books, manuscripts and paper; Gaelic Revival; Rebellion & Commemoration.

Highlights from the permanent collection include: Thomas MacDonagh’s major work ‘Literature in Ireland: Studies in Irish and Anglo-Irish’; A Gaelic Revival wooden ‘Maid of Eirinn’ harp emblem; A type, capital letter Q of the printing press on which the original Proclamation of the Republic of Ireland was printed; A beautifully illustrated hardcover copy of the Official Handbook of the Irish Free State; A William Hodgins Penny token.

Digitizing the Thomas MacDonagh Museum’s collection will support the preservation of online exhibits, the growth of its online audience and encourage research and collaboration with individuals and groups across Ireland and overseas.

For questions about upcoming events at the Thomas MacDonagh Museum in Cloughjordan, email info@macdonaghmuseum.ie. National Heritage Week 2022 events are published here: https://www.heritageweek.ie/projects-events-2022.

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Sherry J. Basler