Come to Collins Barracks to see an exhibit of the items shortlisted to be the 100th object in the series. There is a public vote online (100objects.ie) and a ballot sheet in the Museum itself where you can help to choose which object defines our modern times.
Fintan O’Toole has chosen 99 remarkable objects, each of which opens a window on to an important moment in Irish history. You are invited to help choose the 100th object. Most come from the great trove of the National Museum of Ireland, a resource that is itself one of the wonders of Ireland. Others are from a variety of other institutions. They are not intended to be the 100 most remarkable objects on the island, or even to be a representative sample of the great collections. They are chosen simply for their ability to illuminate moments of change, development or crisis.
There are three simple rules: An “object” is defined as a single man-made entity, a definition that excludes buildings. The objects are generally presented chronologically. And unless there is an overwhelming reason to the contrary, the objects themselves are accessible to readers in public institutions or spaces. If nothing else, the series, book and trail should act as a reminder that people have been on this island for quite some time and have survived innumerable ordeals and challenges.
You are invited to visit the National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History at Collins Barracks, Dublin to see an exhibition of 10 objects chosen, with the assistance of the public, to represent contemporary Ireland. One of these will be chosen as the 100th object to be included in the book, A History of Ireland in 100 Objects by Fintan O’Toole which will be published in March 2013 by the Royal Irish Academy in association with the National Museum of Ireland and the Irish Times
National Museum of Ireland- Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks
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