Happy Days & Hard Times

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This book is the outcome of a Memory Book project started in 2013 by Joanne Hamilton. The project was initially designed to actively encourage Museum visitors to engage in the process of reminiscence during their visit to the galleries. Between 2013 and 2018, a number of visitor accounts contributed to the project. These reflect the public's willingness to include their personal stories and memories as part of the broader narrative that the Museum represents. Many of the accounts gathered demonstrate the high level of engagement that visitors have with the Museum and its collections. They also represent the diverging emotional impact that recalling people, places and objects from the past has on an individual level. Acknowledging the potential of the memories and stories collected, and in order to share them with a wider public, they have now been organised into this incredible book, launched at the National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, in December 2018. The stories and memories are complemented by archival images of Irish country life and artefacts from the Irish Folklife Collection.