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.
An Cathaoirleach Tom Murphy officially launching the exhibition
Dr Finola Kennedy was the guest speaker on the night
Invited guests listen to Dr Kennedy talk about the themes of the exhibition
Dr Ciara Meehan, Professor Owen Davies and Dr Ceri Houlbrook thanking those who made the exhibition possible
Dr Ceri Houlbrook discussing the ‘Fear’ section of the exhibition with one of the guests.
Guests browsing the display cabinets that showcase an array of electrical items from across the 20th century
The exhibition team along with Cllr Tom Murphy, Dr Finola Kennedy and Gerard Crowley
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.
Professor Owen Davies of the Exhibition Team introduces the 1930s vacuum cleaner that will be on display as part of the exhibition at dlr LexIcon.
Electric Generations: The Story of Electricity in the Irish Home will be at dlr LexIcon in Dún Laoghaire from 2 October until 2 December 2017.
About dlr LexIcon
The dlr LexIcon, the new Central Library and Cultural Centre, opened in 2015. With 80,000 items in the adult and junior libraries, 60+ computers, 100 study spaces and a floor dedicated to Local Studies, there is plenty to discover at dlr LexIcon.
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