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Charity number: 20205452

Dia daoibh from all of us at the Museum of Childhood Ireland, Músaem Óige na hÉireann Project Group, working in a voluntary capacity to bring you Ireland’s first Island-wide / diaspora / global, social history Museum of Childhood.

With research at its heart, the museum centres on 7 essential elements: Museum Collection, History, Culture, Heritage, Children’s Rights, Education, , the Voice of the Child /Youth Voices.

We aim for a small carefully-curated permanent collection, plentiful Handling Collections, a focus on frequent ‘highlight’ exhibitions at the museum, and travelling / touring exhibitions around Ireland/ abroad. Permanent and Temporary exhibitions will be interactive, engaging and suitable for all age groups. As all of our history around childhood will be researched and presented, special sensitivity will be shown around our global/ difficult childhood history, with different pathways / restricted access in the museum. We are continuing our work on delivery design within and without the museum. How the museum functions within the community is vitally important to us, as is ensuring that the voice of the child is present from Planning through Implementation to Open Museum. 

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Twitter: @museumofci

Instagram: @museumofchildhoodireland

Email: info@museumofchildhood.ie

Telephone: +353 87 681 6760

BREAKING NEWS! We are honoured to be shortlisted from over 400 museums worldwide to the final 6 for #Project2020Together, Le Chéile, in @kidsinmuseums ‘Best International Digital Activity’ category alongside 5 phenomenal museums: The glucksman, the Rijksmuseum, the Warhol Museum, the GlazerMuseum and the National Gallery of Singapore.

They say:

“Meet the museums shortlisted for our #FamilyFriendlyMuseum Award From Home: bit.ly/3hqpUcw 🏆🥳 Congratulations!

It was a tough competition ( over 400 nominations ) and we were blown away by the efforts of museum staff to support families during lockdown.

Museums have created and delivered a huge number of creative, entertaining, and original digital projects during lockdown and offered valuable support to families around the world. The competition was intense, and the shortlisting panel had an extremely difficult job selecting the final 26 museums.

We are delighted to let you know that the Museum of Childhood Ireland Project has been shortlisted for Project 2020 Together, Le Chéile in the best international digital activity category. The panel thought this activity stood out for the way it put children and young people’s voices front and centre. We liked the international partnerships involved which reflected the global nature of the pandemic. This seemed like a really original project. Congratulations!”

From left, Majella McAllister, Áine Mulloy and Ekaterina ( Katia) Tikhoniouk from the Museum of Childhood Ireland board with the inspirational Bonnie Greer.

The Museum Board:

Majella McAllister, Chairperson, Youth Voices Team Lead.

Jennifer Condon, Secretary

Yi Ge, Treasurer

Cian Spillane, Governance Lead

Hugh Trayer, Museum Strategy Lead

Professor Mary O’Dowd, History Team Lead

Melissa Bonotto, Children’s Rights Team Lead

Dr Matthew Fogarty, Education Team Lead

Ekaterina Tikhoniouk, Social Media

Kay Duggan-Walls, Fundraising

Daniel O’Reilly, Website / Virtual Museum

The Museum Associate Board:

Emma Azim, Youth Voices

Precious Benjamin, Youth Voices

Ruthanne Baxter, Museum Strategy

Danny Collins, Youth Voices

Dylan Emerick-Brown, Education

Dr Sarah Anne Buckley, History

Professor Justyna Deszcz-Tryhubczak, Children’s Rights

Dr Mira Dobutowitsch, Education

Dr Fiona Donson, Children’s Rights

Basak Ellibes, Toy Curator

Dr Catherine Gilliand, Education

Freya Feeney, YouthVoices

Esther Ayo James, Education

Jemi John, Youth Voices

Lindsay Leach, Fundraising

Dr Sheila Long, Children’s Rights

Lorraine McEvoy, History

Dr Richard McElligott, History

Professor Eileen Murphy, History

Dr Cormac Moore, History

James Moran, Photographing / cataloguing the collections

Sinead O’Reilly, Youth Voices

Nicole Power, Youth Voices

Alannah O’Sullivan, Youth Voices

Gabriela Martinez Sainz, Children’s Rights

Daniel Sheehy, Youth Voices

Annika Stendebach, History

Coordinator of P2020/21 Rubano, Italy, Sara Nosarini

Fion Gunn, Museum’s Artist-in-Residence 2021

Hilary Hei Wai Kwan, Museum Intern

Maria Delgado Soriano, Museum

Dellya Thalyta Fogaça, Children’s Rights

Vanessa Sueishi, Children’s Rights

Grace O’Boyle, Contributing Researcher

For biographies of our Board, Associate Board and volunteers, click here

Independent accountant to the MCI Project: Doyle Accountants. Email: spddoyle3@gmail.com

Honorary Members:

  • Dr Pat Donlon, Ambassador
  • Dr Marnie Hay, History
  • Warren McAllister, Software

We continue to expand our Diaspora teams. Wherever you are in the world do please get in touch with us: info@museumofchildhood.ie

How can you help the voluntary Museum of Childhood Ireland Project?

Our most pressing need is for funding. Please consider donating to support our charity.