New Kilkenny communities invited to share their stories of migration through objects

Sian Moloughney

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Sian Moloughney

Kilkenny migrants

New communities are invited to share their stories of emigration

EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum in Dublin is looking for stories from new communities who have made their home in Kilkenny.

As part of a special Europe-wide project and National Heritage Week 2018, the interactive museum in Dublin’s Docklands is inviting the public to come along on the weekend of 18th and 19th August to share their stories of migration through objects.

People are encouraged to bring along one or more objects that are part of their own or their family’s migration story. They can be any sort of object: letters, postcards, photographs, tickets, diaries, artworks, items of clothing, recipes, books, mementos, footage, badges, or songs.

Jessica Traynor, Deputy Museum Director of EPIC, says: “The Irish are a nation of emigrants – our success has been based on the warm welcome we have received across the globe. Now, we have the opportunity to make people from other lands feel welcome in our country, and to collect the stories that will become part of Irish history in years to come. Emigration is always a story of sorrow and joy. We hope that new Irish communities will add to those stories so they can become part of our museum in the future.”

EPIC’s Story Collecting Weekend will be on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th August from 10am-5pm. The stories will then become part of the online Europeana Migration Collection, as well as featuring on EPIC’s website. Europeana Collections is Europe’s digital library, museum, gallery and archive. The project aims to show how the flow of people and ideas adds to the richness of culture. 

“On the day, we will listen to your story and photograph your objects so you can take them home again. What you bring just needs to have special meaning or memories attached to it – it doesn’t need to be worth a lot,” says Traynor.

As part of the same project, collecting events are taking place during 2018 in Belgium, the Netherlands, Hungary, Wales, Croatia, Luxembourg, Latvia and Serbia. 2018 is the European Year of Cultural Heritage and the theme is ‘Our Heritage: Where the Past Meets the Future’.

A further Story Collecting Weekend will take place during 2018 at EPIC on November 24-25, when stories of Women Migrants will be collected.