Lines from Life

1 May – 31 May 2007
Main Building, Kildare St. 

This exhibition featured letters from the collections of the Department of Manuscripts at the National Library of Ireland. Letters from the 18th century to the 20th century were displayed highlighting the importance of letter writing and the meaningful part it played in peoples’ lives in the past. The exhibition focused on themes such as letters to loved ones, letters sent in times of crisis and letters home. Some of the correspondents in the exhibition included Michael Mallin, Lord Edward Fitzgerald, Sean O’Casey and Sarah Curran. The exhibition also featured letters from Irish emigrants in Australia and America sent during the 19th and 20th centuries and correspondence relating to political prisoners of the 1916 Rising.

The exhibition was held in conjunction with Age & Opportunity’s Bealtaine Festival, a festival which celebrates creativity in older age. As part of the festival, Age & Opportunity launched a project called The Lost Art of Letter Writing. Participants of the Bealtaine Festival were asked to write a letter on any theme of their choice and to send it to Age & Opportunity. During the month of May the National Library held lunchtime talks of the exhibition and letter writing workshops to encourage visitors to take part in the project.

Find out more about Age & Opportunity’s Bealtaine Festival.

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