I come from a long line of hoarders who have saved and collected everything they found interesting over the years in garages, garden sheds and barns! From old grandfather clocks to family memorabilia and much more besides. But I am so very thankful, because of my hoarding chlann I now have objects from my own family’s history to peruse and take interest in from letters, photographs, family bibles and tea-sets that belonged to my parents, grandparents, great-grandparents and even great-great grandparents. These are the very things which link you back to a your own identity and sense of place.
And so from one hoarder to another I am inviting you to come join the ultimate hoarding party this Sunday (and for the next 2 Sundays in Belfast and Cork) at the National Treasures Roadshow. National Treasures is a campaign to crowd-source everyday objects that explore the history of the island of Ireland over the past 100 years. In association with RTÉ, the National Museum of Ireland and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, we are asking the public to participate in the creation of a digital archive of historical objects. Do you have an object at home that reveals a fascinating part of our history, culture or heritage? If so, you can add it here. So come meet me and the National Treasures team of expert historians and curators. I am the fashion history expert and you will find historians who will be able to tell you more about your object from every area of life from Donal Fallon – Dublin’s Historian in residence and author of Come Here to Me, Richard McElliot Lecturer of Modern History in UCD, Roisin Higgins Senior Lecturer in History at Teeside University and Linda King Lecturer in Design and Visual Culture at IADT.
So open up your attic folks, check under the bed for suitcases and trunks, take those hat-boxes down from the top of the wardrobe, dig deep into the back of your wardrobe and see what you find, you may be very surprised. And while we are looking for every type of object, I am looking in particular for fashion objects – very often a piece of clothing or something related to fashion will be forgotten in the mists of time, but if you are lucky to still have it hanging around nothing can hold more sentiment and history. You could have a wedding dress all wrapped in tissue, a knitted shawl, delicately made shoes, a whalebone corset, Irish lace, a jaunty hat, a leather handbag, a decadent brooch, an designer piece, a fashion magazine that looks at trends of old or a advert that you think has an amazing story, if so all you need to do is just submit your piece online here or come join us at one of the Roadshows. Dust off those objects and join the National Treasures party!
Find out more on National Treasures Instagram
See where the Roadshows will be near you
See a snippet about it all and a little bit of me talking below!