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:
We are also continuing to expand our voluntary Diaspora teams. Wherever you are in the world do please get in touch with us!
Youth Voices Panel (for children and teenagers)
Child Rights Activism
As a museum volunteer, you will not only gain valuable training, but be part of a global network where you will meet and work with other volunteers, museum staff, educators, professionals and scholars.
Have questions or other ways to contribute to the museum?
Wherever you are in the world do please get in touch with us: email@example.com
Call for Education Blog Post Submission:
The Museum of Childhood Ireland’s “Reflections On . . .” blog invites people of all ages, ethnicities, communities, and backgrounds to address any topics regarding childhood and education in Ireland (750 words max.).
Our objective is to stimulate important and timely conversations by creating a diverse and thought-provoking mosaic of the challenges and opportunities that face students and educators on the island of Ireland today.
Please email all queries and contributions to our Education blog editor, Dr Matthew Fogarty: firstname.lastname@example.org
Intern Experience at the Museum of Childhood Ireland
Our wonderful Intern in 2020, Hilary Hei Wei Kwan had this to say about her experience:
Hilary Kwan, a recent Bachelor of Arts (History & Anthropology) graduate from the University of Melbourne, Australia, completed a virtual internship placement at the Museum of Childhood Ireland during winter 2020.
Reflection from her Internship experience
I applied for the internship program because as a recent history and anthropology graduate with interests in museum work, I hope to gain more practical skills within the sector. My dream job is definitely in a space similar to the Museum of Childhood Ireland. I have always hoped to work in the museum with a focus on social history. This internship placement was the perfect opportunity for me to experience the different management duties in the museum before committing myself to the post-graduate museum course. It was also my pleasure to work here as the childhood experience throughout history is a topic that is also very close to my heart.
What are the main projects you worked on?
My main projects were analysing the museum’s social media channels and improving strategic marketing plans for the museum. Another main project for me was to re-organise the museum fundraising strategic plan and to research for future fundraising ideas. I also got to work on managing and editing the website content and layout.
How did you find working remotely on the projects?
Working remotely sounds complicated, but I was able to maintain good communication with my supervisor. A pro for working remotely is the flexibility in time when working on independent tasks. I had adequate time to complete research and writing tasks at my own pace.
Do you receive adequate mentoring?
Throughout the internship, I received ongoing guidance and support from my supervisor Majella (Museum Founder & Chairperson). Through our weekly meeting, we would go through what I had completed last week and discuss new tasks for the next week. I received ongoing feedback and positive support from my supervisor, which was very rewarding for me to see my work improving. I maintained a very good relationship with my supervisor, and I felt very welcomed and supported during our time working together.
Overall, the internship experience was very enriching for me, and the biggest takeaways from the experience was a practical understanding of the various management tasks within the museum. I look forward to taking the marketing and fundraising skills I gained and applying it to my future work in museums. Also, coming from an international background, it was fascinating for me to learn so much more about the Irish history of childhood and the work culture in Ireland.
It was a pleasure to work with the Museum of Childhood Ireland this winter to help with educating history and advocating children’s voices in Ireland and around the globe. I will highly recommend any students in a related field of study to participate!
Hilary Hei Wai Kwan Museum Intern
Museum of Childhood Ireland
Suggestions that would have improved the internship experience?
Some improvements I could suggest is the opportunity to meet and work with more people in the museum. It is always lovely to watch and learn different roles from more people.
It would also be better if internet connections could be improved so that we could have smooth video-meetings.
Overall, a very great experience!