Welcome to the web presence of the Electric Irish Homes research project. This is an AHRC-funded design history research project in partnership with the National Museum of Ireland, which will investigate the impact of rural electrification on rural Irish women and homes in the 1950s and 1960s.
The project is based on historical research as well as oral history, bringing together material from Irish archives and libraries with the memories of Irish women who remember rural electrification. The project will result in the publication of a book by Dr. Sorcha O’Brien, as well as an exhibition at the National Museum of Ireland Country Life in Castlebar, Co. Mayo in 2019.
This blog will document the development of the project, giving an insight into both the process of researching a project of this scale, as well as the two different, but interlinked, processes of writing a book and curating an exhibition. I’ll also be presenting the research in a variety of forums, so look forward to hearing all feedback on the project!