Who We Are

The Museum Board

The Museum Board and Steering Group have been working for almost 3 years on this initiative to establish a Museum of Childhood in Dún Laoghaire. The Steering Group was set up in 2014 from a broad spectrum of expertise to support the establishment of the Museum. It comprises members from diverse fields including education, business, architecture, exhibition and installation design, and visual communications. The Steering Group continue to receive advice in museum conservation and curatorship by experts in their fields, including personnel from the Victoria and Albert Museum of Childhood, London, and Edinburgh Museum of Childhood. Early in the process a number of initiatives were carried out to gauge interest in such a museum. 10,000 signatures were collected in support of a Museum (at the Carnegie building) and very high levels of positive reactions recorded from initial local businesses and schools’ surveys. A commercial venture called “Eduventure” was established in Dún Laoghaire (94 George’s St. Lower) to provide early seed funding for the development of the Museum, and to facilitate social inclusion by providing funds for free programming. In May 2016, the Museum was formally registered as a company (limited by guarantee) which will seek to obtain charitable status in due course. A Board for the Museum has been established and membership confirmed. In addition, a specialist Funding Sub-Committee has been put in place.

Majella McAllister (Chair) 

Founder of The Museum of Childhood, Dún Laoghaire. With a background in education, and a keen interest in social equality and entrepreneurship, she is currently pursuing an MBA. In 2014, she successfully launched as Phase 1, Eduventure Ltd to (a) raise awareness of and to fund-raise for seed and matched funding and (b) ongoing funding for the Museum. She has continued to manage this in a voluntary capacity, leading a strong team of dedicated volunteers Phase 2 saw her organise the Friends of the Carnegie (a restoration thinktank drawn from architectural, historical and conservation backgrounds) Phase 3 of the project brings us up to date, with her formation of the Museum Board , with experts drawn from the museum, arts, business, architectural and educational sectors.

Evangeline Leonard (Secretary)

Evangeline joined Riverwest Management as Project Manager in 2015 after working in University College Dublin since 1982 in a wide range of administrative roles including 18 years in Human Resources (HR). She worked latterly in a HR Business Partner role supporting a number of academic units. She holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Business & Executive Coaching from the Smurfit School of Business at University College Dublin (UCD) and was a member of the UCD coaching panel. Other qualifications include: Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies from the Open University; National Diploma in Industrial Relations Studies from the National College of Ireland; and Diplôme de Langue Française, Alliance Française, Dublin.

Katherine Lally (Acting Treasurer)

Katherine is a Senior Lecturer in Education in The Froebel Department of Primary and Early Childhood Education in Maynooth University
(NUIM). She has experience in a variety of settings including work in Kenya and Zambia in development education partnerships.
Katherine’s ongoing interest in the Froebelian ethos and the establishment of related teacher education in Ireland resulted in the creation of a documentary film on the life and times of Friedrich Froebel and the official opening of the Froebel Archive in our college by President Mary McAleese in April 2009. Her most recent research findings were presented at the International Froebel Society Conference (Boston, July 2008), the International Conference on Educational Research and Innovation (Madrid, November 2009), and at the International Froebel Society Conferences in Jena, Germany, April 2010, Canterbury 2014, and in Kassel, Germany in 2016.

Agnieszka Money (Architect)

Having completed her Masters in Architecture in Barcelona, she worked in Dublin for a number architecture practices over 14 years and at a variety of scales such as at the Clancy Barracks Development. Has considerable experience designing buildings related to children such as Montessori schools as well as working with historical buildings. Currently, is working with Robin Mandal Architects who specialises in conservation architecture. She has always had a love of museums and their ability to weave stories, facts and objects together and this curiosity and the spirit of the Carnegie Library has led her to become involved in this project.

Charles Crimmins (Visual Communications / Exhibition Design / UX)

Charles has expertise in visual communications design including typography, illustration, photography, print, packaging, graphic installations, exhibition design and digital media. He has gained extensive experience in designing, producing and managing corporate, commercial and cultural projects for a wide range of clients in Ireland and abroad. See issuu.com/crimmins. From 1995 to 1997 he attended a MFA course in the Netherlands. In 2012 he coordinated the Visual Communications module of the MA in Public Relations and the BA in Journalism courses at DIT Aungier Street. Charles currently lectures on typography and communications design in Griffith College, Dublin.

Dr. Marnie Hay 

Dr. Marnie Hay is a lecturer in the School of History and Geography at Dublin City University where she teaches a module on the history of children and childhood in the western world. She has published extensively on topics relating to youth and the Irish revolution. She is a founding member of the History of Irish Childhood Research Network and a former member of the committee of the Irish Society for the Study of Children’s Literature.

Joanne Drum

Joanne is an Education Officer at the National Gallery of Ireland, where she has worked since 2006. She has experience in administration in public and corporate settings, and internationally. In the NGI, her areas of responsibility include researching, programming and implementing events and activities for Children and Families, and for Adult audiences. An area of particular interest is providing events for Early Years, and workshops for babies and for toddlers were introduced in the NGI in 2013. Joanne holds a B.A. from University College Dublin, where she studied Art History and German, and a M. Phil. from the University of Glasgow in Decorative Arts and Museum Studies.

Dr. Teresa Breathnach

Dr. Teresa Breathnach has taught the history of design at Dun laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology, the Dublin Institute of Technology, and at the National College of Art and Design. She is currently external examiner of critical and contextual studies for the BA in Visual Communications in both Waterford Institute of Technology and Limerick Institute of Technology. Building on her M.Phil study of the interpretation and display of decorative art and design in Glasgow Museums and her early career as an assisstant keeper at the National Museum of Ireland, she went on to complete a PhD in the production and consumption of heritage attractions, focusing in particular on Wicklow’s Historic Gaol. Her research interests are currently focused on the visual and material
culture of leisure and tourism, in our production and consumption of the past and in the relationship between nationalism and print culture. She is passionate about the value of real artefacts in both formal and informal educational experiences. She co-authored the book New Retro: Classic Graphics, Today’s Designs with Brenda Dermody (Thames and Hudson, 2009) and has had
papers published in a variety of journals including History Ireland, Publishing History, Victorian Literature and Culture and The Journal of
Heritage Tourism.

Vincent Barton

Vincent Barton is Managing Director of Prospectus Management Consultants, a specialist Health & Life Sciences Consultancy based in Dublin. Prospectus works with public and private clients in the Health, Life Sciences and wider Social Care area on both strategic and operational issues relating to their business or purpose. Prior to joining Prospectus, Vincent was a Civil Servant and worked in
the Department of Health and Children and the Department of Foreign Affairs. He was Health Attaché at Ireland’s Representation to the EU in Brussels on two occasions during Irish EU Presidencies. Vincent is a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, where he studied Ancient and Modern Languages and of the École Nationale d’Administration, Paris (public sector management programme). Vincent lectures on health policy in the MSc course on Health Management at Trinity College Dublin, where he is Adjunct Associate Professor in the Faculty of
Health Sciences. His memberships include: Institute of Management Consultants and Advisors; Irish Society for Quality and Safety in Healthcare; Health
Management Institute; and Irish/French Chamber of Commerce.