Kitchen treat for fans of nostalgia
SET IN the magnificent grounds of Johnstown Castle just outside of Wexford town, the Irish Agricultural Museum has opened a new exhibition of "country kitchens". The exhibition opened earlier this summer and showcases three replica-scale kitchens fitted out with original appliances, furniture and decor from the 19th and early and mid-20th centuries.
Sharon Quinn, curator and manager of the Agricultural Museum said: "It is a pleasure to be able to present this often forgotten side of domestic and women's history.
"There are plenty of objects on display that many people will remember from their childhoods such as mangles, twin-tub washing machines and many different types of irons, vacuum cleaners and other kitchen appliances."
Sharon says the history of laundry throughout the last two centuries in Ireland is also illustrated in detail through photographs, objects, myth and lore.
"There is a special focus on laundry in this exhibition as this was a time-consuming and very social activity for centuries."
There is, of course, plenty more for visitors to see as well including early farming equipment and machinery and an amazing quilt dating from the famine era with its sections made up with newspaper templates from that time. The museum also features exapmles of hand-carved furniture from James O'Keefe, who lived in the late 19th and early 20th century, as well as activity sheets for children.
Entry into Johnstown Castle Gardens is €6 per car and the museum costs €6 for adults and €4 for children. For further information check out www.irishagrimuseum.ie.