Here we present an online history of children and childhood in Ireland, 1500-2000. Research on the history of children and childhood in Ireland is relatively new. Most books and articles on the topic have appeared in the last twenty years. There are still, however, many gaps in our knowledge. We know more, for example, about the experiences of children in nineteenth and twentieth century Ireland than in earlier centuries. We aim to provide a general overview of the main developments and trends over the 400 years between 1500 and 2000.
Heritage Week 2021
For Heritage week 2021 we were online! We’ve now divided our Zoom recording into 4 separate videos, each about 15 mins in length for easier viewing. Please see below.
A series of videos on the history of children from medieval times to the eighteenth century is available on the MCI Youtube Channel:
All speakers have something new and original to contribute to the history of children and childhood in Ireland.
Order of Speakers:
- Eileen Murphy, Burial Practices for the Young in Medieval Gaelic Ireland – Some Findings from Ballyhanna, Co. Donegal.
- Mary O’Dowd, Boys in Sixteenth Century Ireland
- Ann-Maria Walsh, ‘Remembering and Re-imagining Early Modern Childhood in the Boyle Archive.’
- Rachel Wilson, An Education Fit for a Lady: Teaching Girls in the “Big House” in Ireland, c. 1690-1745
Each presenter shapes their presentation around a particular aspect of Irish heritage:
The tower house,
The Monument to Sir Richard Boyle in St Mary’s Church, Youghal
The estate house (usually referred to as the ‘big house’).
They explore what these places, buildings and objects can tell us about childhood in Ireland in the medieval and early modern period. The overall presentation demonstrates that much information can be gained about the children who lived in Ireland in the past.
While archaeologists and historians are increasingly focusing their research on past children, work that concentrates on adults is still dominant. The presentations show that using these different approaches there is great potential to gain a more holistic understanding of the world of the child across the different eras.
If you have questions about the presentations for any of the speakers please feel free to contact us on email@example.com and we will be happy to forward your queries to the relevant historian on our team.” Project Chairperson.
We are delighted to announce that the
Museum of Childhood Ireland are the County Awards winners for Dublin: Dún Laoghaire Rathdown! 20/10/2021
Thank you so much to the Heritage Council for this wonderful recognition of all the hard work of our volunteer team.
For more information on the history of childhood in Ireland see the History of Irish Childhood Research Network website.