Curator’s Talk - The Cricket Bat that Died for Ireland - Brenda Malone
17 February 2016 6pm
In planning for our 2016 programme at the LAB, Brenda Malone's blog, The Cricket Bat that Died for Ireland, became influential in it's approach as well as it's content. The import given to everyday objects, from sports equipment to clothing and tea flasks, because of their physical presence during 1916 and the stories they came to embody. This talk gives an opportunity to hear directly from Brenda about her research, the blog, and plans for the National Museum's exhibition opening in March.
Brenda Malone graduated with an MA in Irish History from St Patrick's College Maynooth in 1996, focusing on the development of the idea of 'nation' in Ireland in the early 19th century. She completed the Higher Diploma in Arts Administration in 2000, and went on to complete her MSc in Museum Studies from Leicester. She has worked for the National Museum of Ireland since 2000, and has continued to study the development of the nation through the objects in the museum's Historical, Military and Easter Week Collections, co-curating Soldiers and Chiefs - The Irish at War at Home and Abroad from 1550 to the Present Day (2006), 1913 Lockout - Impact and Aftermath (2013) and Recovered Voices: Stories of the Irish at War 1914-1915 (2014) exhibitions.
Brenda has also curated the museum's Irish Folklife Collections, and managed the site at St. Conleth's Reformatory at Daingean, Co. Offaly for four years.
She is currently working on the new 1916 Exhibition at Collins Barracks - Proclaiming a Republic: The 1916 Rising, and is the author of The Cricket Bat that Died for Ireland, a blog that tells the often complex stories behind the historical objects stored in the museum.