Culture Night / Oíche Chultúir 2020

Boscaí / Boxes 1 & 2

Culture Night 2020 (from 4pm today) and beyond! (until November 30th)

We’re delighted to be partnering with the fantastic Robert Emmet CDP in Dublin to bring you the Museum of Childhood Ireland’s

Boscaí / Boxes 1 & 2 (Memory Boxes) as a physical exhibition.


The Robert Emmet Community Development Project, Usher St,

Usher’s Quay, Dublin 8.

Friday 9a.m.–5p.m. Closed on Saturday and Sunday.

Monday 9a.m.–5p.m.

Tuesday 9a.m.–5p.m.

Wednesday 9a.m.–5p.m.

Thursday 9a.m.–5p.m



Telephone​: + 353 (1) 670 8880

Twitter​: @cdp_robertemmet

Facebook​: Robert Emmet Community Development Project

We’ve been living with Covid-19 since March and for Culture Night 2020 (and beyond), we are asking you how YOU are feeling now; Children and adults.

What is important, what matters to you at this stage of the pandemic? For Culture Night we’re making culture all about you!

This year we will be online but we’ve also partnered for our first ever physical exhibition of Boxes / Boscaí with the Robert Emmet CDP in Dublin! ( all Covid-19 safety measures are in place)

How can you take part?

1. Guardians please send your suggestions and/or your children’s (please note that we do not accept entries directly from children​) to us at :, title your email “Boxes / Boscaí”. We welcome submissions as Gaeilge or through English.


2. Write your suggestions on a postcard and post to:

The Museum of Childhood Ireland Project, Boxes / Boscaí c/o the Robert Emmet CDP Usher St, Usher’s Quay, Dublin 8


3. Call by the Robert Emmet CDP and drop your suggestions into either box. ( We have provided paper / pens etc. so you can write one there and then, if you like)!

Alternatively, you could choose to make your own Boxes / Boscaí and set one up at home or in your school /community. Feel free to send us your photos by email or on Facebook.

Bain taithneamh as an oíche. Enjoy the night. Wishing you a wonderful Culture Night (& beyond) 2020.

The Museum of Childhood Ireland Project

Website:​ ​ Email:​

Facebook​: The Museum of Childhood Ireland Project Twitter​: @museumofci

Telephone​: +353 87 681 6760

Charity Numbe​r: 20205452

Memory Box 1

History now! The Museum of Childhood Ireland feel a responsibility to meet history head-on, and with our Memory Boxes we aim to offer a glimpse into how we all navigated the Pandemic here in Ireland. We began to collect ‘Covid-19 pandemic time’ related artefact suggestions from Irish children from March 12th 2020 onwards, when our government closed all schools, childcare facilities, collages, and cultural institutions.

There have been some interesting suggestions so far: TikTok dances, cardboard boxes, a router!, dinosaurs, Netflix, T.V., markers, fairy doors, slime, and quite a few book suggestions! Bikes, paints, toilet roll cylinders/ tubes, board games, chalk, Meccano, audio-books, board games, swimming, daily walks, skateboards, and a copy of the Children’s Times…We’ve had a few suggestions too for Leo Varadkar’s speech of March 17th, which many children found so reassuring. We’re adding in one example of the cotton cartoon print masks we had made locally and which we donated to local children and to Enable Ireland Children’s services.

Thank you to all the wonderful children who’ve sent in their ideas. We haven’t stopped collecting yet and welcome suggestions, so keep them coming!

***Parents/teachers, we’d especially welcome school copy books from the days just prior to lockdown, or examples of work given online to children to complete after school closed.

Send your children’s suggestions titled ‘Memory Box 1’ to or make your own Memory boxes to remember and talk about these times!

Have a look at these fantastic Memory Boxes made for us by our wonderful volunteer Brigid Timmons, by recycling materials she found at home.

Find these boxes from Culture Night 2020, Friday 18th September at the Robert Emmet CDP, Usher St., Usher’s Quay, Dublin 8.

Memory Box 2

We thought it might be interesting to compare and contrast with the children’s box and see what adults were finding central to their lives during this time. Netflix is suggested often. ( Schitt’s Creek) T.V ( Line of Duty), packs of seeds, games and books feature frequently too as they do for the children but Zoom, Zwift, hand sanitiser, masks, wine, tea, coffee, quizzes, music, Free An Post postcards,Y0uTube, Twitter, Phones, gardening tools, Facebook, radio, Dry Robes, bikes and bike lanes, letter writing, poetry, art, creative writing, photography, vaccines, have all been proffered for inclusion. Updates from Dr Tony Holohan, and messages from An tUachtaráin Michael D Higgins have been suggested multiple times too.