The History Show Sunday 17 March 2013
A History of Ireland in 100 Objects
This week, our programme launched A History of Ireland in 100 Objects, the book which took shape as a weekly series in the Irish Times.
Some of the items are humble and ordinary while others are splendid and dazzling. But what they have in common is that they all touched and shaped the lives of our ancestors and are part of the story of our country.
The book is a co-production between the National Museum of Ireland, Royal Irish Academy and the Irish Times – and its edited by Fintan O’Toole of that newspaper. It starts with the Mesolithic Fish Trap (5000 BC) and finishes with the Anglo Irish Bank sign (number 99) followed by object number 100 - a decommissioned AK 47 from 2005.
Our programme included a series of animated reports on diverse objects from museums around the country.
Our studio guests were archaeologist, Michael Ryan; Catriona Crowe of the National Archives and journalist, Patsey Murphy, former editor of the Irish Times magazine who recently left the paper after 37 years. They selected objects from the book that caught their imagination and attention.
A History of Ireland in 100 Objects edited by Fintan O'Toole is published by the RIA. This is a joint project between The Irish Times, the National Museum of Ireland and the Royal Irish Academy.
Free 100 Objects ebook and app
The rich and resonant objects in this book don’t belong to museums, scholars or historians. They’re the common heritage of Irish people - everywhere.
So, to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and Ireland’s presidency of the EU, A History of Ireland in 100 Objects will be available to download FREE as an app or an e-book until the 31st of March.
eBook and app download link: http://www.eu2013.ie/100objects/
Here you’ll also find fancier versions for iPads, iPhones and Android tablets.
Promotional Video: http://vimeo.com/61015439
100 Objects Trail
The 100 Objects featured in the book are on display in museums in the capital and around the country as follows:
Eight locations in Dublin where the majority of the objects are housed:
NMI – Archaeology
NMI – Decorative Arts & History,
Christ Church Cathedral
National Archives of Ireland
Royal Irish Academy
Trinity College Dublin
National Library of Ireland
View Trail Map
Other locations around the country:
Medieval Museum, Waterford
Irish Agricultural Museum, Wexford
Carlow County Museum
National Science Museum at Maynooth
NMI – Country Life, Mayo
NMNI, Ulster Museum, Belfast
NMNI, Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, Cultra, Down
NMNI, Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh
Museum of Free Derry, Derry
Site: Tullaghoge Fort, Tyrone
Site: Clonca Graveyard, Donegal
UK: The British Museum, Russell Street
UK: English Heritage
Norway: Viking Ship Museum, Oslo
Background to 100 Objects
It started as a series in The Irish Times with 100 objects chosen by journalist Fintan O’Toole. It is a collaboration involving an extensive range of museums and other institutions, the Irish Presidency of the Council of European Union, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Tourism Ireland and Adobe, coordinated by the Royal Irish Academy. It incorporates a book, an app, a primary-level educational resource, an exhibition at the National Craft Gallery and, first and foremost, a trail of 100 key objects from Irish history that are sited across Ireland,in the UK and in Norway.