The National Museum’s vision for the 20th Century History of Ireland Galleries is to produce a compelling visitor experience on the History of Ireland from 1900 to the year 2020, which connects and speaks to a range of audiences.
Interpreting objects from the vast collections of the National Museum of Ireland (NMI), the 20th Century History of Ireland Galleries will exhibit objects that have been continuously collected on behalf of the Irish people since before the foundation of the state up to the present day.
These galleries offer an important opportunity for a wider public consultation process with communities across Ireland on our contemporary history, ensuring that this new permanent exhibition at the National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History is relevant and engaging to multiple audiences and identities within our communities.
The NMI is committed to ongoing engagement and dialogue with the public, and particularly those voices traditionally under-represented in narratives of our recent history.
The historical collections of the National Museum of Ireland number in their hundreds of thousands, and these new, permanent exhibition galleries will represent the largest ever interpretive showcase of Irish political, cultural and social history dating from the year 1900 to the present. The exhibition will serve as a dynamic and evolving cultural offering that can continue to respond rapidly to questions of changing Irish identity and our contemporary history.
Lynn Scarff is the Director of the National Museum of Ireland and took up her position in May 2018. Initially, working in environmental education across a diversity of projects including the Ballymun Regeneration, Lynn’s work is embedded in collaborative practice.
Dr Audrey Whitty has been Head of Collections and Learning since April 2019. In September 2021 in addition to this role, she was also appointed Deputy Director. She is a member of the senior management team, and is responsible for all aspects of the care of the 5 million objects in the collections across the four sites.