Propose an object, 360 Productions ()

Posted: Tuesday, 21 June 2016

360, a TV production company based in Derry and London, recently made Ireland's Treasures Uncovered (RTE, May 2016) and are currently researching a TV series proposal for BBC based on objects.

They are looking for objects that paint a picture of Ireland that is anything but black and white, and one which challenges the Irish story we think we know. These can be objects stored in museums, country houses and even the attics of ordinary families around the whole island of Ireland, north and south.

The types of objects can range from any period and be from anywhere in Ireland big or small museum/heritage centre/home, for example:

At Limerick City Museum, there is a rare Irish currency which connects the birth of modern Ireland to the rise of Lenin. The paper notes were issued by the Trades Union in Limerick, when in 1919, with Ireland facing a war of independence, left wing radicals seized control of the city and declared it a Soviet.

We often associate Ireland with an agrarian past. But the collection at Dundalk Museum recalls our industrial heritage. It was in Dundalk, in 1958, that the first car to be completely manufactured in Ireland rolled off the production line. And it was an extraordinary vehicle - the Heinkel Bubble Car. The Dundalk Engineering Company manufactured over 6,000 of these three wheelers. Gavin and Ella explore how a Dundalk man licensed technology from a German WW2 bomber manufacturer, to give Ireland its first chance at large scale motor manufacture.

In Kerry Museum, one of the most recent additions to the collection connects us to a much earlier chapter in Ireland's story - our conversion to Christianity. The Ballylongford Brooch combines pagan and Christian imagery. It is 1400 years old, but was discovered only recently, and by sheer luck. A Kerry woman was cleaning out the ashes from her solid fuel range. There, caught in the grate, was the precious brooch. It had been preserved in a sod of turf cut by her husband from their local bog - and burnt the night before. Now the brooch sits in Kerry Museum where its design tells the story of the easy co-existence of Irish Christianity and paganism.

Email aislingcollins@acas.ie as soon as possible for more information / to propose an object.