As part of the 2021 exploration of the festival’s theme of ‘Identity: What’s in a Name?’, a selection of people and groups are invited to create a cabinet that reflects their experience of Clonmel through objects, with an opportunity to use artefacts in the collection of Tipperary Museum of Hidden History (where practical), as well as personal and common-use items.
The Cabinets of Curiosity project is kindly supported by Tesco Clonmel, a Festival Series Partner.
This opportunity for the community to curate their own history and placemaking has potential to attract and engage a diverse audience, to undertake an important reflection about the town and to create a legacy for Clonmel town.
A cabinet of curiosities was an 18th century collection of interesting objects. Through the careful selection of pieces, often rare, unusual or artistic, they told a particular story about the world and its history from the collector’s point of view. Replaced by public museums in the 19th century (and echoed in today’s Pinterest?) they express identity through a set of interests.
These 2021 Cabinets of Curiosity present a collection of different versions of the town, as told by its inhabitants. With Danny Carroll, Peg Rossiter, Paul Walsh, Maureen Purcell, and the staff of Tesco Clonmel, with the Transition Years from Presentation Secondary School and CBS High School.
Collect a map at Tipperary Museum of Hidden History or at the festival site. Tipperary Museum of Hidden History is located in the heart of Clonmel's civic centre. A Museum was first established in Parnell Street, Clonmel in the 1940’s with the new premises officially opened during 2000 in Mick Delahunty Square, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary. The Museum is located on the site of a former prison and was the location of Ireland’s only Borstal from 1906 – 1956. In 2019 the newly redeveloped and re-imagined Tipperary Museum of Hidden History opened to the public on Thursday 24th October 2019, following joint investment of €500,000 from Fáilte Ireland and Tipperary County Council. Tipperary Museum of Hidden History is a state-of-the-art visitor experience in the centre of Clonmel, Co. Tipperary in the heart of Ireland’s Ancient East.
This new Museum brings Tipperary’s rich hidden history vividly to life through characters, stories and one of the largest museum collections in Ireland. Expect to be surprised and intrigued by what you find! Immerse yourself in stories of castles and conquests, courage, superstition, murder and death. Explore tales of two worlds, from rural life in 19th century Tipperary to the Big Houses on the Suir Valley. Come face to face (literally) with Oliver Cromwell. Learn about one man and his boat and meet a host of heroes from the world of sports and entertainment such as Maurice Davin, Tom Kiely, Lena Rice, Frank Patterson, Mick Delahunty and Tommy O’ Brien. This multi-sensory experience is a must-see on your journey into Ireland’s Ancient East.