Have You A Treasured Object To Submit For This National Project?

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PUBLIC history project ‘National Treasures’ is calling on the people of Kerry to submit their treasured objects to help tell the story of Irish life over the past 100 years.

RTÉ and the National Museum of Ireland are currently working together to create ‘National Treasures’, a unique archive documenting how Ireland has developed using ordinary objects treasured by families across the 32 counties.

The aim is to gather objects from every county, passed down through generations or relatively recently acquired, which reveal an aspect of the nation’s history, culture and experience.

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Currently, the project is specifically looking for objects from Kerry that tell the story of the Kingdom since 1917.

Whether it’s a ticket from one of the first flights from Kerry airport, an old Jackie Healy Rae election poster, a sash from the Rose of Tralee or a jersey worn by Páidí Ó Sé, they want to hear from you.

A nationwide project, National Treasures recognises the significant contribution made by all counties to the story of modern Ireland. Some counties have already responded to the call in big numbers and now National Treasures is calling on the people of County Kerry to ensure that their homeplace is represented in this unique archive.

In October, four public roadshows will take place across the country where curators will inspect the objects in person and assess whether they merit becoming ‘national treasures’. As well as submitting their object online, people from Kerry are encouraged to attend the Munster roadshow which will take place in the Lewis Glucksman Gallery, UCC in Cork on the 29th October.

A four-part television series based around the roadshows, presented by John Creedon, will follow next year.

“The project has gotten off to a great start and we have already received hundreds of objects,” said John Creedon. “Regionally however some areas are still underrepresented and we specifically need the people of Kerry to come forward and submit their own fantastic objects. Like most Irish people, I have a profound sense of place and a genuine curiosity about my own people. At the moment I feel like a child in a sweet shop, as I just know that the bottom drawers, attics and garden sheds of Ireland are about to open and reveal so much more to delight those of us who love Ireland and her story.”

The project has now launched with a website – www.nationaltreasures.ie where people can add their object and tell their story. They can also browse the fascinating objects that have already been submitted.

National Treasures is produced by El Zorrero Films (Man on Bridge) for RTÉ in association with the National Museum of Ireland and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.

Following on from the National Treasures television series on RTÉ One, the public will then have an opportunity to view the objects in person at a special exhibition at the National Museum of Ireland – Country Life in Turlough Park, Castlebar, Co Mayo.

Anyone with objects which tell the story of Ireland and specifically Kerry, should log on to nationaltreasures.ie to submit their item and find out more about the project.

Tips on Submitting Objects to the National Treasures Project

1. Don’t clean your object! As a people’s archive, we welcome objects that have lived a life. ‘Wear and tear’ tells its own story.

2. Photograph your object using a plain uncluttered background. If you do not have a plain wall to photograph against, place a solid colour card / piece of paper behind the object.

3. Turn off the flash and use natural light if possible locating the object in a bright space.

4. Use a tripod or rest your camera / phone on something to avoid shake and blur.

5. Fill the frame with the object at the centre.

6. Take multiple photographs at different angles to highlight important details.

7. If your object is a printed item and you have access to a scanner, use that instead of taking a photograph for best results.


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