We have over 20,000 objects of material childhood culture in our collection at the museum. Here you will find just a few of the items and their stories, but each week we add something new…

  • Dreaming
    Art work. Dreaming. Mono print, by artist Adelle Hickey. * This black on ivory mono print of a little dress looks at the experience and journey of loss and grief. My father passed away when I was two years old. While I have no memories of him, his death cast a shadow of sadness, grief … Read more
  • We Are So Lightly Here
    Sculpture. We are so Lightly Here (2018) Aiseirí, by artist Bonnie Kavanagh* We are so Lightly here is a sculptural piece derived from Aiséirí,  Bonnie’s work referencing the Tuam Babies.  It is of hearts fused together on a stoneware plinth, honouring all the children who died and were interred in Mother and Baby homes in … Read more
  • Sewing & Knitting Patterns
    The Simplicity Pattern Company were manufacturers of sewing pattern guides, under the “Simplicity Pattern”, “It’s So Easy” and “New Look” brands. The company was founded in New York in 1927 during the Great Depression. Simplicity allowed home seamstresses to create fashionable clothing in a reliable manner and at low cost. The patterns were manufactured in … Read more