National Museum Of Ireland Calendar of Events May 2017
Before your May calendar starts filling up check out these must see events taking place throughout the month of May in the National Museum Of Ireland..
Drop-In Activity: Kingly Attire! Sat 6th May 2pm- 4pm Drop-in activity, Families with children 8+ Drop-in and explore Ireland at the time of Celtic Kings. Find out more about the mysterious bog bodies and what they may have worn to special ceremonies, and then make your own leather armlet to take home! No booking required. Located in the Ground Floor Learning Space. Free admission
Curator led tour of the exhibition: 'Roger Casement: Voice of the Voiceless' Tue 9th May 1pm- 1.45pm Talk, Adults Join curator Fiona Reilly for a special talk and tour of the exhibition 'Roger Casement: Voice of the Voiceless' and find out more about Casement's humanitarian work in South America and Africa in the early 20th Century. Booking Required. Contact 01-6486 334 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Limited places available. Wheelchair Accessible.
International Museum Day Tour: Medieval Life Thu 18th May 1.00pm – 1.25pm Tour, Ages 8+ To mark International Museum Day and the Bealtaine Festival, join Museum Educator Annie Birney on a tour of the Medieval Ireland Exhibition and see how work, prayer and power shaped the lives of those living in Medieval Dublin and beyond. No booking required. Places allocated on a first come basis. Meet at Reception. Not wheelchair accessible. Free admission.
National Drawing Day: Create a Celtic Warrior Storyboard Workshop Sat 20th May 2.30pm- 3.30pm Workshop, Ages 12-16 Learn how to storyboard your favourite Irish Celtic Myth with award-winning illustrator Mark Wickham as part of Drawing Day 2017. Discover Ancient Irish Myths and Legends and explore the objects of the Iron Age to help you create a Celtic Storyboard Booking required, Places are Limited. Contact 01-6486 332 or email email@example.com. Meet at Reception. Not wheelchair accessible.
National Drawing Day: Design your own Celtic Superhero Workshop Sat 20th May 2.30p-3.30pm Workshop, Ages 7-11 Join award-winning children's illustrator and writer Mark Wickham for a workshop on designing your own Celtic Superhero from the Iron Age. Explore the Museum and its Iron Age objects and learn about ancient Irish Celtic stories to help inspire you to create your character. Booking required, Places are Limited. Contact 01-6486 332 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Meet at Reception. Not wheelchair accessible.
Bealtaine Medieval Leatherworking Workshop Tue 30th May 10:30am – 1pm and 2pm-4:30pm Workshop, Adults Join John Nicholl, an experimental archaeologist and leather finds specialist, for a workshop on medieval leatherworking as part of this year's Bealtaine Festival, a celebration of creativity in older age. Learn about leatherworking in Medieval Ireland and make your own book-mark trial piece inspired by finds from Viking Dublin. Booking Required. Spaces are Limited. Contact 01-6486-332 or email email@example.com. Fee of €10 to be paid on the day for materials. Located in the Ground Floor Education Space.
Curator's Tour: Shadow of Sodeisha Sat 6th May 2pm – 3pm Tour, Adults Join Dr Audrey Whitty, Keeper, Art & Industry for a tour of the new exhibition Shadow of Sodeisha: Japanese and Irish Art in Clay. Marking the 60th anniversary of the official commencement of diplomatic relations between Ireland and Japan in 1957, this exhibition displays the work of 12 leading contemporary ceramic artists from both Ireland and Japan. No booking required, places allocated on a first-come basis 15 minutes before tour starts.
Bog bodies, Bicycles and Big Houses: The Material Imagination of Irish writing Sat 13th May 2pm Talk, All ages Following visits to the National Museum of Ireland, students from the School of English at Trinity College Dublin produced creative responses to the objects that recur in modern and contemporary Irish writing. Students will present selections of their work, which has been collected in their published book motes. No Booking required.
International Museum Day: Tour Conservation Studios Thu 18th May 2.30pm- 4pm Tour, Adults Get behind the scenes at the Museum and take a tour of the conservation studios. A great opportunity to see the work behind the scenes at the Museum, and meet Museum conservators and look at some of their current conservation projects. Booking required. Bookings open 1st April 2017.
National Drawing Day: Sketching the Museum Sat 20th May 2pm- 3pm Workshop, Adults and young people 16+ To celebrate Drawing Day, join Museum conservator and artist Nieves Fernandez for an introductory workshop in sketching the museum. Materials provided and no advance experience needed. No Booking required.
Hands on History Sun 21st May 3pm – 4pm Drop-in Activity, All ages A chance to explore some of the artefacts from the Museum's collection of objects for handling with Museum educators - a fascinating drop-in handling session for all ages. No booking required.
Culture Club at Collins Barracks Fri 26th May 11.30am-1pm Talk, Adults Running on the last Friday of every month, this new initiative, in collaboration with Dublin City Council, invites members to explore and enjoy the collection at Collins Barracks through a series of specially arranged guided tours and activities in the company of museum staff followed by 'Tea & Chat' and an opportunity to mingle. For further information email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Public Tour: Eileen Gray Sun 28th May 3pm – 3.45pm Tour, Adults and children 7+ Join a public tour of the Eileen Gray gallery, exploring one of the most influential designers and architects of the 20th century. No booking required, places allocated on a first-come basis 15 minutes before tour starts.
The Hoard & the Sword: Echoes of the Vikings Mon 1st- Wed 31st May. During opening hours Temporary Exhibition, All Ages This exhibition explores the discovery of a hoard of silver bracelets from Cushalogurt, Kilmeena and a Viking sword found in the river Moy at Coolcronaun. This is the largest hoard of silver armrings found in Ireland and the sword is a fine example of late 10th century craftsmanship. These objects provide evidence of Mayo's Viking Heritage. Exhibition continues until October 2017.
On Sight 2017 Art Project Mon 1st- Wed 31st May. During opening hours Temporary Exhibition, All Ages Mayo Arts Squad are back again in May working on the On Sight 2017 project. This year the artists will be working on a living willow shelter and a willow trail in the Museum's award winning grounds. Drop by and see how the work is progressing. Explore more willow weaving techniques in the basket displays in the exhibition galleries. The completed project will be launched on Wednesday the 21st of June. Find out more at www.museum.ie/ Country-Life/Country-Life-Projects/On-Sight and www.mayoartsquad.ie/projects.php
May Altars, Queens, Poles and Flowers Mon 1st-Wed 31st May Online Various Events, Ages Do you know of any customs still being carried out on May Eve, May Day or during the month of May? To register your local customs on our national survey visit www.ouririshheritage.org and follow the link on the home page.
Knitting & Crochet Circle: Summertime Woollies Fri 5th May 11am-1pm Drop-in Activity, Adults and Children 7+ Join the Museum knitters this summer and work on your knitting and crochet skills. Start a new project or get help finishing an old one. Exchange new ideas and tips. Learn a new skill for life. Beginners welcome. No booking required.
Music Circle Sat 6th May 2.30pm-4.30pm Workshop, Adults Dust down that fiddle, polish that whistle and join the Music Circle to practice, share, play tunes and songs. Join Emer Mayock for this special teaching session. No booking required.
In My Grandfather's Time – A Photographic Collection Tue 9th- Wed 31st May During Café Opening hours Temporary Exhibition, All Ages 'A picture tells a thousand words'. A look back on the West of Ireland in the early 1900's,the people and their way of life, sport and leisure activity, the land struggle, politics and the fight for Independence as recorded by renowned local photographer Jack Leonard . This exhibition will be on display in the museum café art space from the 9th May until the 23rd July 2017.
Bealtaine 2017: In My Grandfather's Time Fri 12th May 2.30pm – 3.30pm Talk, Adults Join Anthony Leonard for a talk on the work of his grandfather and local photographer Jack Leonard who documented all aspect of rural life. This includes photographs of the major political struggles at the time; the Land War, War of Independence and the Civil War. There will also be an opportunity to see a selection of the old photographic equipment used by Anthony's grandfather. Share your own memories and photographs after the talk. Booking required.
DNA: the Next Step in Family History Sat 13th May 2pm- 3.30pm Talk, Adults and Children 14+ Join Paddy Waldron to look at how DNA can be used to trace your family tree and hear about some of the success stories with a Mayo connection, in collaboration with the Mayo Genealogy Group. Booking required.
Mayo Genealogy Group Sat 13th May 11.30am-1pm Drop- in Activity, 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.
Knitting & Crochet Circle: Summertime Woollies Fri 19th May 11am – 1pm Drop-in Activity, Adults and Children 7+ Join the Museum knitters this summer to knit and crochet. Start a new project or get help finishing an old one. Exchange new ideas and tips. Learn a new skill for life. Beginners welcome. No booking required.
Bealtaine 2017: Serving Society - the Post Office in Ireland Wed 24th May 2pm-3.30pm Talk, Adults and Children 14+ Join Stephen Ferguson, Assistant Secretary of An Post and curator of its museum & archive to discover the many ways in which the Post Office has shaped Irish life and society over the centuries. From postboys to pensions and railways to radio, the Post Office has helped to connect and serve Irish people at home and abroad. After the talk share your own memories relating to Irish postal history. Booking required.
Connacht Textile Crafters Sat 27th May 11.30am and 3.30pm Demonstration, All ages Meet the talented Connacht Textile Crafters who work in a range of textile crafts, both traditional and contemporary. A special craft theme will be displayed on the day at this 'show and tell' event. No booking required.
National Biodiversity Week: SharkLife Sat 20th May 2.30pm and 3.30pm Talk, Ages 8+ Celebrate National Biodiversity Week with a visit to the Museum and meet with Museum Educator, Geraldine Breen, to discover the lives of Irish sharks and to hear how the hunter has become the hunted. Expect a short talk with a chance to touch real shark teeth, jaws and egg cases! Places limited to 20 and will be on a first come first serve basis. Event duration 30 minutes. Wheelchair accessible.
Bealtaine Lunchtime Tour: A Museum tour with Dublin Zoo Thu 25th May 1pm- 1.30pm Tour, Adults Zookeeper, Brendan Walsh, is back! Join Brendan in the upstairs exhibition, Mammals of the World, and discover about the work he does at Dublin Zoo. Booking required. Places strictly limited to 20. Please contact email@example.com or Ph: 01 6486316. Not wheelchair accessible.
OPENING HOURS Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 5pm. Sunday 2pm - 5 pm. Closed Mondays (including Bank Holidays)
Check out For the full list of May events click: http://www.museum.ie/events/ and check out www.museum.ie for more information.
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