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Minister John Halligan visits our exhibition

We are delighted that John Halligan, Minister of State in the Irish Government, visited our exhibition at the Irish World Heritage Centre in Manchester on Sunday.

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Now open at Irish World Heritage Centre, Manchester

Electric Generations has crossed the Irish Sea. It travelled from Dublin, via the University of Hertfordshire, to Manchester, where it was launched on 8 March at the Irish World Heritage Centre as part of the Manchester Irish Festival. The exhibition has adapted to its new location, with a display of electrical items manufactured by Manchester company Pifco, from a trouser presser to Aladdin’s lamp, and we’re eager to delve further into the history of this brand (a blog post will follow).

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Fear, functionality and freedom: Science Week 2017 talks

The Electric Generations team organised an evening of talks as part of Science Week 2017 at dlr LexIcon. On 15 November, short presentations were made by Deirdre McParland (ESB Archives), Prof Owen Davies (University of Hertfordshire), Dr Ciara Meehan (University of Hertfordshire) and Lorna Sixsmith (author, How to be a Perfect Farm Wife). They covered ESB advertising, magic and the supernatural, housewives and electrical appliances, and electricity on the farm.

The evening was introduced by Marian Keyes, senior librarian, and chaired by Ciara Meehan. We are grateful to dlr LexIcon for podcasting the talks.

Earlier in the day, there were two screenings of Death of the Banshee (1996), courtesy of ESB, in the Studio Theatre.


Launch Evening at dlr LexIcon

The Electric Generations exhibition was launched at dlr LexIcon, Dún Laoghaire, Dublin, on 4 October 2017 by Cllr Tom Murphy, Cathaoirleach, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council. Following Cllr Murphy’s welcome, we were delighted to have speeches from Gerard Crowley, Senior Manager at ESB, and our guest speaker Dr Finola Kennedy, author of Cottage to Creche: A history of family change in Ireland. The curators from the University of Hertfordshire thanked the archivists at ESB, Institution of Engineering and Technology, and Manchester’s Museum of Science and Industry for their invaluable help in making the exhibition happen, and expressed their gratitude to Marian Keyes, Senior Librarian at dlr LexIcon. Guests were then invited to peruse the information, advertisements, and objects on display, during which time discussion turned to people’s own memories of the fear, functionality and freedom of electricity in the home.


Images © Peter Cavanagh

The team is extremely grateful to Peter for capturing the events of the evening, and for allowing us to reproduce his photographs.