Modern Wife, Modern Life began as an exhibition of women’s magazines from 1960s Ireland. It opened in the National Print Museum in summer 2015, and subsequently visited dlr LexIcon in Dún Laoghaire, Wexford Town Library, and Westport Library in Co Mayo. The exhibition was preceded by a series of public road shows, which gave members of the Irish public an opportunity to contribute their memories of life in 1960s Ireland or to loan objects for display in the exhibition.
The exhibition finished touring in its current format at the end of April 2016. However, the ‘new technologies’ section has been developed into a new exhibition about electricity in the Irish home in the twentieth century. Electric Generations will open in dlr LexIcon on 2 October 2017 and will subsequently visit the Irish World Heritage Centre in Manchester in spring 2018.
The content of the exhibition will also feature in a forthcoming book by the curator, Ciara Meehan.