Donna Rose

Supervisors: Professor Hugh Campbell (UCD), Dr Lisa Godson (NCAD)

School: Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy

Funding: Irish Research Council Enterprise Partnership Scheme (Postgraduate) 

Documenting, Managing, and Interpreting the Material Heritage of Ireland's Magdalene Laundries 

This multidisciplinary project examines the physical remains of Irish Magdalene Laundries, considering their changing meanings as objects of labour and containment to a highly disputed material realm of sensitive heritage.

Central case studies examine the evolving circumstance of the last Irish laundry site in state ownership and the collection of materials by curator Brenda Malone of the National Museum of Ireland, drawing from survivor testimony, theories of material culture, and existing modes of architectural, museological, and sensitive heritage practice. This study ultimately advocates for a survivor-informed ethical framework to refer to when interpreting, mediating, and charting a course for collections, artefacts, and buildings that have a traumatic past, particularly relating to the histories of institutional abuse in Ireland.

PhD Candidate, 2020 - present - University College Dublin

M.A. Design History and Material Culture, 2018 - National College of Art and Design

B.A. Fine Art, 2017 - Crawford College of Art and Design