Electric Generations Exhibition

We are delighted to support a fascinating new exhibition Electric Generations, the story of electricity in the Irish home,  opening Monday 2 October – 2 December 2017 at dlr Lexlcon, Dún Laoghaire and Irish World Heritage Centre, Manchester, 8 March  – 31 May 2018.

Electric Generations shows how the reception and understanding of electricity by different generations varied across the twentieth century, reflecting the shift from an unfamiliar power to a fundamental feature of everyday life.

The exhibition explores how people initially feared that this new power could be harnessed to cause harm to neighbours and enemies.  The next section, Functionality, focuses on the campaign for popular acceptance of domestic electricity. The final section, Freedom, illustrates how the electrical home was marketed as desireable and empowering for women.

This story of the electrical transformation of Ireland is illustrated through inter-generational responses and the experiences of the diaspora in Britain, offering visitors an insight into the similarities and differences in the timelines of electric innovations and consumption in both countries.

The exhibition will feature previously unseen material from ESB Archives and the use of flip page technology to read this beautiful pamphlet produced by ESB Public Relations Department in the early 1930s.

For further information visit http://www.electricgenerations.com

 

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