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The Archive Within Us

October 9 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Made by 12 people in Dublin with artists Claire Halpin and Colm Keegan. This exhibition of personal objects, stories and poems asks what do we choose to remember, and why?

The Archive Within Us is an exhibition of personal histories, made by a group of people in Dublin in collaboration with visual artist Claire Halpin and poet Colm Keegan. The group met online during the pandemic as part of The National Neighbourhood, a cultural programme that connects communities, artists and villages with libraries, museums and creative places across Dublin city. Through this deep dive into culture, a shared interest in history emerged and the group began to look at how the national historic records intertwine with our own personal histories.

Together with the artists they developed their own archive of personal stories, brought to life through precious objects and fragments of cherished moments.

Each object, paired with a short poem, is an invitation to reflect on what we say about what we remember, and why.

The National Neighbourhood is made by Dublin City Council Culture Company in partnership with Dublin City Council (Dublin City Libraries, local area offices, Arts Office, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane) and the Abbey Theatre, Chester Beatty, Irish Museum of Modern Art, National Archives, National Concert Hall, National Gallery of Ireland, and National Library of Ireland.

Open Saturday 7 October – Wednesday 18 October; 10:00 – 17:00. (closed 1 pm – 1.45 pm).

Last entry 4.45pm.

Closed on Sundays.

Note: Light levels in the exhibition space will be dim. Staff will be on hand to assist anyone visiting.

Visit thearchivewithinus.ie for more details.

No booking required, walk-in exhibition.


October 9
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Charleville Mall Library
Charleville Mall off North Strand
Dublin 1, Dublin D01AX99
01 222 8413
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In person
Event Phone Number
086 127 1553
Wheelchair accessible. Audio description guide, large print text and transcribed text for audio pieces.