Images from the Modern Wife, Modern Life exhibition at the National Print Museum, dlr LexIcon and Wexford Town Library, from associated events, and from various road shows around the country.
Curator Ciara Meehan sorting through images for the exhibition
Curator Ciara Meehan joined Dave Fanning in studio on 7 February 2015 to discuss crowd-sourcing objects for the exhibition.
Some of the crowd-sourced objects on display at the exhibition at the National Print Museum. These items have also been digitised for inclusion in the People’s Archive
The exhibition appeared in The Irish Independent’s Weekend magazine’s ‘The Hot List’ on Saturday, 11 July 2015.
Extract of the ‘Print Culture’ section of the exhibition at the National Print Museum (Dublin)
Julianna Szabo was commissioned to design the panels for the exhibition. She used paper layering to run the numbers on the panels introducing each section off the page.
Jenny Coleman next to her panel in the ‘Newly Married Wives’ section of the exhibition at the National Print Museum
Joseph & Margaret Teeling next to their panel in the ‘Newly Married Wives’ section of the exhibition at the National Print Museum.
Curator Ciara Meehan (centre) examining an original copy of a letter of employment on loan from Geraldine Lawler (right). The letter, which is on display in the ‘Wives who Work’ section of the exhibition, states that employment will be terminated upon marriage.
The exhibition moved from the National Print Museum (Dublin) to dlr LexIcon in Dún Laoghaire on 3 October.
The exhibition at dlr LexIcon in Dún Laoghaire (South Dublin)
Some of the 1960s-inspired cakes baked by Elaine of the Press Café for the opening night of the exhibition at the National Print Museum.
‘History on the Plate’ event at the Press Cafe at the National Print Museum, 6 August 2015. The afternoon featured 1960s-inspired cake and reminiscences.
Road show event at the Greystones Library in Co Wicklow.
Road show event at dlr LexIcon in Dún Laoghaire inviting people to contribute to a People’s Archive
Ciara Meehan (right) with Deirdre Torpey (left) and her 1962 dress which she brought to the road show at dlr LexIcon in Dún Laoghaire
Advertisement for the road show in Limerick, 29 June 2015.
Kay Johnson’s engagement ring and bracelet worn on her cover of Woman’s Way magazine after she won the Housewife of the Year competition in 1967.
Dick Johnson and family at the road show in Limerick. Dick’s late wife Kay won the Housewife of the Year competition in 1967.
Ciara Meehan speaking at the National Library of Ireland.
Two of the audience members inspect some of the items at the road show in Portlaoise.
Morphy Richards Hairdryer Ensemble, one of the objects of display at the exhibition.
Ciara Meehan (bottom) is curator of Modern Wife, Modern Life. Lorna Sixsmith (top) is the author of How to be a Perfect Farm Wife.