Up next: Guinness and the First World War

Don't miss our new exhibition in The Ireland Funds Gallery on the ground floor of the museum. Produced in conjunction with the Guinness Archive, the show explores the experiences of Guinness staff on the front in World War One. Featuring dozens of artefacts, the exhibition documents some of the difficulties faced by the company to remain trading during the war, the sacrifices made by the company and its employees, alongside the personal testimonies of staff. The exhibition opens mid-February and runs until the end of March.

Incidentally, we have some brilliant shows lined up for 2015, including exhibitions on Lafcadio Hearn, Christy Brown and costumes in Irish cinema. Watch this space!

Wanted: Quirky Dublin Souvenirs!

We’re revamping our shop here at the Little Museum of Dublin.

At the moment we sell traditional souvenirs. While they are popular, they do not reflect the charm and personality of the museum itself. Also, we would prefer to promote local craftspeople and designers. That’s why we are about to re-imagine the retail offering, just in time for the start of our busy summer season.

If you are a local craftsperson or designer and you’d like to work with us, read on:

–      We want to find original, quirky gift products that retail for NO MORE THAN €20, ideally for less than €10. –      There must be a strong Dublin connection eg made in Dublin or about Dublin –      If the product speaks to the history of Dublin in some way, great. –      If you are willing to brand the product with the Little Museum logo, all the better. –      We are interested in everything from knitwear to cosmetics to jewellery and homewares.

If you want to work with us, please email Mary Kehoe on office@littlemuseum.ie. Any questions, please ring Mary on 01 661 1000

 

Bono and The Edge visit our U2 Exhibition

U2 room 2

Rock stars usually arrive with a bang. But when Bono and The Edge decided to visit our new exhibition about the story of U2, they turned up unannounced – and we failed to recognize the stars!

Bono and The Edge – arguably the two most famous Dubliners alive today – made their way up to the third floor of the museum to visit a new exhibition that celebrates the success of the band over the last four decades. 

The exhibition has drawn record crowds to the Little Museum, and it’s thought that the stars may have been confused for particularly eager fans.

Bono and Edge at the Little Museum
Bono and Edge at the Little Museum

Bono and the Edge visited the museum over Christmas, but it was only last week that their autographs were discovered in our visitors book. The signatures were then authenticated by Professor Scott Calhoun, an expert on the band and one of the curators of our exhibition.

“Awesome!” is Bono’s verdict on the exhibition, which features never-seen photography, a Trabant designed by Maser, many rare recordings and a life-size statue of, eh, Bono.

According to our director Trevor White, “We’d like to say everyone was too cool to acknowledge the presence of Bono and the Edge. The truth is that we didn't recognize them. They must have come the morning after our Christmas party.”

“It wasn’t the welcome we were hoping to give them,” says museum curator Simon O’Connor, “but at least they liked the exhibition.” U2: Made in Dublin remains on view at the Little Museum of Dublin.