The Way We Were: 2021 National Heritage Week
The Way We Were is an intergenerational living history project. The programme involves local older volunteers explaining the uses and significance in Irish and social history of a collection of artefacts.
Gathered, mined and collected over the past number of years, including kind donations from the attics and garages of some of our members. The collection has been added to year on year. The collection includes items from both home and working life from a time gone by. Items in the collection include manual and electronic typewriters, early blow torch, welding equipment, tilly lamps, spinning wheel, dial telephone, bellows, various cooking utensils and equipment, ceramic jars, coins, milk bottles, telescope, weighing scales, washboard, butter churn etc.
This year we recorded our participants explaining the uses of some of the items in the collection. We want them to tell us about the stories about the artefacts, how they were used, where they found them etc.
We will also display the artefacts collection in the Third Age at a later date. This activity will be open to the public and may have to be held outdoors depending on the public health guidelines at that particular time.