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Power and Privilege: Photographs of the Big House in Ireland 1858 to 1922

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Power and Privilege: Photographs of the Big House in Ireland 1858 to 1922

Time: January 6, 2012 to April 15, 2012
Location: National Museum of Ireland
Street: Merrion Street Dublin 2,
City/Town: Co. Dublin
Website or Map: http://www.museum.ie
Phone: 01 677 7444
Event Type: exhibition
Organized By: National Museum of Ireland/National Library of Ireland
Latest Activity: Jan 6, 2012

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Event Description

In the new photographic exhibition, Power and Privilege: Photographs of the Big House in Ireland 1858 to 1922, which is now open in the National Museum of Ireland – Country Life, Turlough Park, Castlebar, we see the world of the rich through their own eyes. Photography quickly became a popular leisure activity among wealthy men and women soon after it was invented.

Visit this exhibition and step back in time, and into the homes and lives of the first photographers. Put faces to the names of those that lived in the ‘big houses’ of the 19th century. See what they wore, their carriages and motor cars, how they spent their leisure time. Meet the many house servants, farm workers, and tenants that kept up the landed estates and ‘big houses’.

Power and Privilege is a selection of photographs drawn from the National Photographic Archive’s collection of 630,000 images. This is the first time these photographs will be exhibited in the west of Ireland. The exhibition will run until April 2012 and admission is free. The exhibition is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm and on Sunday from 2pm to 5pm. The museum is closed on Mondays including bank holidays.

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