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Authors:Harriet Purkis: University of Ulster, Northern Ireland
Publication title:Real Life Stories in Everyday Objects
Conference:Current Issues in European Cultural Studies, June 15–17, Norrköping, Sweden 2011
Publication type: Abstract and Fulltext
Article No.:028
Abstract:This paper will explore the role of the museum and gallery, in collecting and re presenting life stories of immigrants to Ireland. It will show the potential capacity of a museum or gallery to be a space which can link to those who have made Europe their home over the last 30 years. A case study will be presented - an exhibition called Destination Donegal. Ten people’s real life stories are displayed through personal clothing, objects from mantle pieces, filmed interviews and new portrait photographs, in an innovative art and social history exhibition. A discussion of the approach and results will allow a reflection on museum theory and practice in terms of the use of objects as holding narrative, objects as agency within the “everyday”, and the value of present day material culture in relation to a multicultural society.
No. of pages:6
Series:Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):1650-3686
ISSN (online):1650-3740
Publisher:Linköping University Electronic Press, Linköpings universitet

Harriet Purkis (2011). Real Life Stories in Everyday Objects, Current Issues in European Cultural Studies, June 15–17, Norrköping, Sweden 2011;article=028 (accessed 9/16/2014)