Following the referendum held on 25 May 2018 to remove the 8th Amendment of the Irish Constitution, an online collecting drive of material relating to the referendum took place, driven by museum curators and archivists across Ireland.
Representatives from the National Cultural Institutions have been seeking material culture that represents both sides and have been coordinating their efforts under the hashtags #Archivingthe8th and #Collectingthe8th.
While 'rapid response' collecting is a relatively new phenomenon for museum staff, the drive by the Irish Museums Association to promote contemporary collecting practices, changing environments within the national cultural institutions, and increased awareness of the role of the museum in reflecting contemporary culture, have been recognised as a driving force behind the intiative.
A website dedicated to "archiving and collecting the eighth" has been set up to help museums and archives consolidate their efforts, share resources and avoid duplication: https://archivingthe8th.wordpress.com
An informal ‘Archiving the 8th' networking event on Monday, 16th July from 10-12 pm at the National Library of Ireland with quick presentations from some of the people involved in various collecting activities, and the opportunity for open conversation and dialogue following. Coffee, tea, and refreshments will be provided.
The aim, by the end of the session, is for participants to go away with:
• A strong working knowledge of who is collecting what, and how - and an awareness of where potential gaps may be
• New ideas for projects/initiatives that they can follow up with in their own organisation, or as academic researchers
• A network of archiving/collecting contacts to draw upon in future
Given space limitations, expressions of interest are currently being accepted to attend on the day. Click here to fill out a short form.