Kitchen power: women's experiences of rural electrification

O'brien, Sorcha [Curator of an exhibition] (2019) Kitchen power: women's experiences of rural electrification. Kitchen power: women's experiences of rural electrification. .

Abstract

Rural electrification changed the lives of women in Ireland in the 1950s and 1960s, where everyday items such as the washing machine relieved them of the hardship of many labour intensive household chores. This engaging exhibition looks at the ways in which these products were advertised and promoted as part of a modern lifestyle, and how the advertising fantasies translated into the reality of the average rural Irish kitchen. The exhibition, which has been developed by the Museum in partnership with Kingston University and the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC), and with support from the ESB, Irish Farmer's Journal, Age & Opportunity, and GMIT Letterfrack, is the flagship temporary exhibition at the National Museum of Ireland - Country Life this year. As part of the exhibition visitors will be transported back in time with objects and advertisements of the era, a 1950s ESB/ICA model kitchen reconstructed by GMIT Letterfrack, textile art work commissioned by Age & Opportunity and stories from those whose lives were intrinsically changed by this dramatic shift in Irish culture.

Item Type: Exhibition
Event Title: Kitchen power: women's experiences of rural electrification
Locations and Dates of Event:
LocationFrom DateTo Date
National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, Castlebar, Co. Mayo19 July 20191 July 2020
Physical Location: National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, Castlebar, Co. Mayo
Research Area: History of art, architecture and design
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Kingston School of Art > School of Critical Studies and Creative Industries
Depositing User: Sorcha O'brien
Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2019 15:36
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2019 15:36
URI: http://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/id/eprint/44320

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