Memory Boxes 1 and 2

Memory Box 1

History now! The Museum of Childhood Ireland felt a responsibility to meet history head-on, and with our Memory Boxes we aim to offer a glimpse into how we navigated the Pandemic here in Ireland. We began to collect ‘Covid-19 pandemic time’ related artefact suggestions from Irish children from March 12th 2020 onwards when our government closed all schools, childcare facilities, collages, and cultural institutions. There have been some interesting suggestions so far: TikTok dances, cardboard boxes, a router!, dinosaurs, Netflix, T.V., markers, fairy doors, slime, and quite a few book suggestions! Bikes, paints, toilet roll cylinders/ tubes, board games, chalk, Meccano, audio-books, daily walks, skateboards, and a copy of the Children’s Times…We’ve had a few suggestions too for Leo Varadkar’s speech of March 17th, which many children found reassuring. We’re adding in one example of the cotton cartoon print masks we had made locally and which we donated to local children and to Enable Ireland Children’s services.

Thank you to all the wonderful children who’ve sent in their ideas. We haven’t stopped collecting yet and welcome suggestions, so keep them coming!

Parents/teachers, we’d especially welcome school copy books from the days just prior to lockdown, or examples of work given online to children to complete after school closed.

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Memory Box 2

We thought it might be interesting to compare and contrast with the children’s box and see what adults were finding central to their lives during this time. Netflix is suggested often. T.V , packs of seeds, games and books feature frequently too as they do for the children’s, but Zoom, Zwift, hand sanitiser, masks, wine, tea, coffee, Quizzes, music, Free An Post postcards,Y0uTube, Twitter, Phones, gardening tools, Facebook, radio, letter writing, poetry, art, creative writing, photography, and have all been proffered for inclusion. Updates from Dr Tony Holohan, and messages from An tUachtaráin Michael D Higgins have been suggested too.