Tipperary County Museum hosts a Lecture with Dr. Ann Wilson on Culture Night. This lecture ties in with new Exhibition A Message in Time.
A picture-postcard collection of a young woman’s life in Edwardian Ireland
About 200-300 billion picture postcards circulated worldwide between 1895 and 1920. They were quick to write and cheap and easy to send, and there were several postal deliveries a day in many areas. Such cards offer a partial but unusually intimate insight, like that afforded to an eavesdropper, into the casual conversations, observations and humour of the past.
This paper uses a collection of picture postcards to visualise the life of a young middle-class woman living and working in Dublin between 1903 and 1908. The cards, which were sent to her by family and friends, are examined as mass-manufactured artefacts modified by users to personalise, enhance, subvert or otherwise modify their original message. They throw light on how ‘small’, unexceptional individuals dealt with everyday family, social and work life, and how they viewed and negotiated the ‘big’ important issues of the time in Ireland, such as economic survival, emigration, nationalism and the role of women.
Time: 7.30pm - 7.30pm
Address: County Museum. Clonmel.
Phone: 0761 06 5254