Brenda Malone, historian and museum professional, has worked for the National Museum of Ireland since 2000, where she has curated Military History, Irish Folklife and Contemporary History collections. Particular areas of interest include the development of the idea of ‘nation’, and how this is collected and portrayed in National Museums.
Rapid Response Collecting and the Irish Abortion Referendum
Ireland’s recent public referenda on LGBTI+ and women’s rights reflect a significant shift in Irish society. The National Museum of Ireland responded by collecting their material culture, working collaboratively with the public to fill collection gaps to better represent Ireland’s complex and difficult histories.