Unveiling Grangegorman’s Histories: Five Public Awardees announced

by Rose Barrett
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Grangegorman Histories are delighted to announce that five projects have been awarded funding under a public call for history projects, writes Rose Barrett. 

The public call, which invited proposals for projects to explore and share any element of the history of Grangegorman contributes to the important work of uncovering, cataloguing and commemorating the eventful history of the Grangegorman site and surrounding areas.

Following a competitive open call and selection process, these five recipients have been awarded funding to develop a varied selection of research and creative projects: Damon Berry, lecturer and researcher; Brian Cregan, artist photographer; Sylvia Cullen, writer; Lianne O’Hara, poet along with Dianne Snowden and Joan Kavanagh, researchers and writers.

Chair of Grangegorman Histories Expert Working Group Philip Cohen welcomed the announcement stating: Each of the projects addresses creatively different aspects of the Grangegorman area and each will contribute towards uncovering and commemorating its multi-faceted histories.

“They all have the potential to engage people locally, nationally and internationally, enabling a deeper awareness and understanding of Grangegorman’s past.”

CEO of the Grangegorman Development Agency, Ger Casey said; “Grangegorman Histories play a vital role in ensuring that the significant and sometimes challenging histories associated with the Grangegorman site are sensitively explored and remembered. In developing this site, we are aware that many people have their own connections, experiences and stories of its past. The public call offers a way to meaningfully engage with some of these beyond our own links and I am delighted to see these five projects commencing. 

Damon Berry will design and install smart posts around the Grangegorman campus using QR codes which will be a multimedia resource telling the story of Grangegorman.

Brian Cregan will explore Grangegorman’s social history and architectural heritage through an archive of photographs that capture transformational moments of the area.

Writer Sylvia Cullen will write and produce a new trilogy of short stories for podcast entitled ‘Flighty Creatures’, inspired by women who dwelt within the buildings of Grangegorman.

Poet Lianne O’Hara will write a series of new poems documenting the lives and experiences of patients and staff of Grangegorman Mental Health Hospital using archival material and interviews.

Dianne Snowden and Joan Kavanagh are exploring a  a database of the 3,200 convict women and their children who were housed in Grangegorman Female Convict Depot from 1840-1853, and will create a detailed written study on these women.

Further details on these engaging projects will be regularly updated on the Grangegorman Histories website and shared on social media as they progress over the next 12 months.

Grangegorman Histories is a public history project of Dublin City Council, Grangegorman Development Agency, HSE, Local Communities, National Archives, Royal Irish Academy and TU Dublin. Established in 2019, the project provides opportunities to contribute to the important work of uncovering, cataloguing and commemorating the history of the Grangegorman area.

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