Tipperary Museum digitizes its collection and launches its new website

The Thomas MacDonagh Museum in Cloughjordan will host a special event this Friday at 7:30 p.m. to launch its digital memorabilia collection and new website, macdonaghmuseum.ie

The Digital Memories Collection is a temporary exhibition accessible online on the museum’s new website, and in person in the museum from October 15 to December 31.

The collection marks the conclusion of a major six-month project undertaken by museum directors 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.

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 and commemoration.

Highlights from the permanent collection include: Thomas MacDonagh’s magnum opus, Literature in Ireland: Studies in Irish and Anglo-Irish; a wooden servant of the Eirinn harp emblem of the Gaelic revival; a type, capital letter Q from the printing press on which the original proclamation of the Republic of Ireland was printed; a beautifully illustrated bound and bound copy of the Official Handbook of the Irish Free State; a William Hodgins Penny token.

The Digital Memories collection traces its origins to Heritage Week 2022, when the museum hosted a Create 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.

The 32 objects in the 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.

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Sherry J. Basler