NATIONAL MUSEUM OF IRELAND - COUNTRY LIFE
TURLOUGH PARK, CASTLEBAR, CO. MAYO
PUBLIC PROGRAMME 29 NOVEMBER - 14 DECEMBER 2013
* Xmas programme * Programme of events * Temporary Exhibitions
* Museum Shop & Café * On-line Resources * Other Details
0. XMAS PROGRAMME - WHILE SANTA & HIS ELVES MAKE A WELCOME RETURN TO THE MUSEUM ON SATURDAY 07 DECEMBER, THE MONTH OF DECEMBER WILL BE FULL OF FESTIVE ACTIVITIES IN THE MUSEUM.
The Christmas charm of yesteryear at the National Museum of Ireland - Country Life
As the countdown to Christmas begins, it gives us all permission to indulge in a little nostalgia. Memories of our own childhood Christmases mingle seamlessly with much-loved traditions from films, books and history. Where better than the National Museum of Ireland - Country Life to draw all these elements together in a festive feast of attractions and activities with a firm focus on families? Saturday 7th December is Christmas Family Day (Santa and his elves return to the Museum) but the entire month is a whirl of festive action for all the family to enjoy. Further details below.
02. PROGRAMME OF EVENTS
Visit www.ouririshheritage.org to find out about local Irish history & heritage and to contribute photos and stories about your locality.
Friday 29 November: 3pm. Tour. Documentation Discoveries. Adults and children 14yrs+.
Tour behind the scenes, see and hear about some of the exciting and puzzling discoveries uncovered in the museum's collection. Booking required.
Saturday 30 November: 10.30-4.30pm. Conference. Maigh Eo agus an Ghaeltacht: Bás nó Fás. Adults.
Mar chuid de Bhliain na Gaeilge, tá Músaem Shaol na Tuaithe mar aon le Comhairle Chontae Mhaigh Eo ag eagrú comhdhála ar staid leochaileach na Gaeilge i gceantair Ghaeltachta Mhaigh Eo. Cíorfar ról na pleanála teanga agus gníomhaíochtaí eile. Áirithint: teagmháil le firstname.lastname@example.org Tel : 094-9031762.
Saturday 30 November: 1-3pm. Demonstration. Spinning the Traditional Way. Adults and children 7yrs+.
Join Bettina from the Connacht textile Crafters as she demonstrates the technique of 'using the long draw' on the spinning wheel and spindle. No booking required.
CHRISTMAS ACTIVITIES PROGRAMME
The Christmas charm of yesteryear at the National Museum of Ireland - Country Life (December 2013)
Enjoy a festive feast of activities in the National Museum of Ireland - Country Life this December. Saturday 7th December is our Christmas Family Day but the entire month is a whirl of festive action, suitable for all the family to enjoy. Come along as there is no booking required.
FESTIVE PROGRAMME: DECEMBER 2013
A glimpse of traditional Christmas magic. Activities include.......
1-31 December: Christmas Past
Charming exhibition of festive artefacts - from the archives and from the public. Visit www.ouririshheritage.org for Your Christmas stories
1-31 December: Christmas Greetings Tree
Designed by Mayo ArtSquad and decorated with greetings from our visitors
SATURDAY 7 DECEMBER: CHRISTMAS FAMILY DAY
Santa & his Elves*, Festive Music, Exhibitions and Activities
*Santa tickets available from Museum Reception from 11am, cost €3 per child. Bring your Santa ticket to Brambles in the Museum Café and get your FREE tea/coffee/children's drink
Santa and his Elves are making their annual appearance from 2-4pm in the Hearth & Home area. From 2.30pm festive tunes will fill the air as the Museum's talented Music Circle and the wonderful uileann piper Diarmuid Moynihan join forces to celebrate Christmas in their very special style. Visitors are invited to explore their creativity too from 2pm when Tom and Aoife will guide you in making magical 3-D star decorations to bring home with you.
Nostalgia ... Traditions ... Memories....
Check www.museum.ie for details of other Museum events taking place during December.
Saturday 14 December: 11am. Drop-in Activity. Mayo Genealogy Group. Adults.
If you have an interest in finding out about your family history come along for free practical tips with the Mayo Genealogy Group. No booking required. New researchers welcome.
Saturday 14 December: 2-4pm. Drop-in Activity. Christmas Textile Decorations. Family 7yrs+.
Join members of the Connacht Textile Crafters to make your own textile decorations for Christmas. No booking required. First come, first served.
03. TEMPORARY EXHIBITIONS
HAIR HURLING BALLS: Earliest Artefacts of Our National Game
This exciting new exhibition firmly establishes the antiquity of our national game of Hurling with radio-carbon dated hurling balls from 800 years ago! The hair hurling ball collection of the National Museum of Ireland is displayed with an ancient hurling stick. These hurling balls are of matted cow-hair with a plaited horse-hair covering. This exhibition looks at these bog finds in relation to where in the country they were discovered, how they were made and the scientific analysis undertaken by the Museum. This revealed so much more than the naked eye could see... The exhibition runs until May 2014.
Other exhibitions include:
· 100 OBJECTS MUSEUM TRAIL
In a partnership between the National Museum of Ireland (NMI), the Irish Times and the Royal Irish Academy, 100 objects have been chosen by journalist Fintan O'Toole to take us through the history of people in Ireland over 7,000 years. 4 of these objects can be seen in the NMI-Country Life, Turlough Park.
· No. 81 EMPTY COOKING POT, 1845-9
· No. 82 EMIGRANT'S TEAPOT, 1850-1950.
· No. 93 BOYNE CORACLE, 1928
· No. 95 EMIGRANT'S SUITCASE, 1950s.
No. 66 CRUCIFIXION STONE, 1740 & No. 77 WICKER CRADLE, 19th & 20th Centuries are also from the NMI-Country Life's Folklife collection and are based in NMI-Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks, Dublin.
Further details can be found on:
http://www.museum.ie/en/list/history-of-ireland-in-100-objects.aspx and on http://www.100objects.ie/
Visit http://www.museum.ie/en/exhibition-list/country-life-temporary-exhibitions.aspx for details about temporary exhibitions which are ongoing in the Museum Galleries
Café art Exhibition
Buildings of County Mayo
The National Inventory of Architectural Heritage is carrying out a survey of the post 1700 built heritage of the country. This photographic exhibition, which is currently running in the Museum Café, marks the publication of the Co Mayo survey. The purpose of the survey is to highlight a representative sample of the architectural heritage of each county and to raise awareness of the wealth of architectural heritage in Ireland. The full survey is published on the website www.buildingsofireland.ie. Photographers: James Fraher, Bogfire, Eamonn McCarthy, Images of Mayo, Simon Wall.
04. MUSEUM SHOP & CAFÉ
Museum Shop: the Museum Shop offers a broad range of affordable quality gifts for any occasion. Unique products to suit all budgets and requirements.
Museum Café: Visit the Museum Café for a wide variety of tasty and seasonal meals and snacks. Enjoy our freshly baked produce and speciality teas and coffees. The perfect complement to your museum visit. For queries and bookings contact the Museum Café: 094 928 9972; E-mail: email@example.com
05. GENERAL INFORMATION
Visit http://www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx for details of the current programme of events.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to join the Museum's e-mail distribution list.
Follow us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/National-Museum-of-Ireland/94907090068?ref=hl
and Twitter: https://twitter.com/NMIreland.
06. MEMORY BOOK PROJECT
Your Stories - Our Histories: Memory Book Project
During your Museum visit, please take a seat at our Memory Book to record personal memories and stories related to the objects and exhibitions you have encountered in the Museum. The Memory Book form can be downloaded and returned to the Museum. This form can be completed even if you haven't been to the Museum yet as we would still like to hear your memories relating to Irish country life.
07. ON-LINE RESOURCES
Blog by the Museum's Documentation Department
The Documentation Department in the National Museum of Ireland - Country Life have launched a blog as a spin off from the Museum's Inventory Project - http://turloughparkhouse.wordpress.com/. Visit this blog to get some information on objects in the Museum's collection.
Website for local heritage
www.ouririshheritage.org features articles on local history and heritage from around the country. Anyone with an interest in their local area can contribute to this website which, it is hoped, will eventually reflect the local history of the island of Ireland. Groups and organisations are welcome to promote their cultural and heritage events via the online events form.
08. MUSEUM OPENING TIMES
Museum: Tuesday-Saturday: 10am - 5pm Sunday: 2-5pm. Closed Mondays (incl. Bank Holiday).
Museum Shop & Café: open during Museum hours with extended opening from 12pm each Sunday.
09. CONTACT DETAILS
GENERAL INFORMATION: Museum Reception: 094 903 1755
MUSEUM CAFÉ: 094 928 9972; e-mail: email@example.com