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Night’s Candles are Burnt Out | Seán Keating | on loan to Hunt Museum from Oldham Gallery | (1928-1929) | Copyright: Seán Keating Foundation

Ardnacrusha Memories is a collaboration with the ESB Archives, the European Expo and Europeana.  It is part of a Europe wide project, Europe at Work, a collection of stories and digital objects about working in Europe made available to all on the Europeana website. We are collecting stories and memorabilia relating to the early days of the Shannon Hydro-Electric Scheme.  During Lockdown Docents of the Hunt Museum started collecting stories about the Shannon Hydro-Electric Scheme conducting interviews online and by phone.  We are now hosting two physical collection days and a symposium.

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What? Collection Days and Symposium

The Collection Days will take place on Thursday September 24th (10am – 7pm) and Friday, September 25th (10am to 5pm). Please book a slot with our interviewers. . Social distancing will be carefully observed. Click HERE to book.

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Ardnacrusha Memories Symposium will take place on Thursday September 24th between 1.30 and 4pm. 

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A Symposium on the Shannon Scheme with Deirdre McParland, Senior Archivist, ESB Archives and McKayla Stehr, History Instructor, Department of History & Political    Science, Fresno City College, California 

Contributors are encouraged to attend to contribute their stories and ask questions of the speakers.   Numbers are very limited to adhere to social distancing requirements. Bookings can be made HERE.

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The Shannon Hydro-Electric Scheme – Background 

The Shannon Hydro-Electric Scheme was one the first major developments by the Irish Free State in the 1920s. It played a pivotal role in the development of Ireland in the 20th Century, and paved the way for the social, economic, and industrial development of Ireland. The building of the Ardnacrusha power station is vividly represented in the Seán Keating painting, Night’s Candles are Burnt Out, 

During the construction of the plant, approximately 4,000 Irish and 1,000 German men lived and worked on-site at Ardnacrusha. Today, almost 100 years on, we want to collect and share their stories. Working with the ESB Archives, Europeana, EuropeanExpo2020, the Hunt Museum Docents and Friends, we hope to collect and share stories, artifacts and memorabilia relating to the Shannon Scheme. 

We are asking anyone with connections to the Shannon Scheme at Ardnacrusha and their descendents to dig out the memorabilia they have of the experience and tell us the accompanying stories.  They, or their relatives, may have been involved in the building of the dam, or involved in the set-up, or worked in the power station.  We are also interested in anyone involved in the rural-electrification scheme telling us how the advent of electricity changed the modes of work.

Objects might be photos, diaries, letters, drawings, tools used, the hat worn, reminiscences of the first time you had electricity in your house or school, commemorations of workers involved in the whole Shannon Hydro-Electric Scheme. The objects collected become part of ‘Europe At Work’ – a collection of stories and digital objects about working in Europe made available to all on the Europeana website.

For Further information please contact Rosemarie or 087 7912337/ Rosemarie@huntmuseum.com

1 Copyright. The Keating Estate, on loan to the ESB by kind permission of Oldham Gallery, displayed at The Hunt Museum.