Housing memories: the Dublin Tenements’ Museum

"The 14 Henrietta Street museum is located in a mid-18th century Georgian townhouse on Henrietta Street. It tells the story of the house from its origins as a residence for Dublin’s elite to its incarnation as a tenement house for the city’s working poor.

To bring the museum to life, it was necessary to gather and share the stories of people who had first-hand experience of the tenements. So, Dr Fitzgerald and her team conducted a four-year research project to examine the memories of people who lived in tenements on Henrietta Street from the 1930s to the 1970s. The findings enrich the museum experience through the narratives, curated exhibited materials, audio exhibits, and theatre productions.

The core museum exhibit is Mrs. Dowling’s Flat, a re-created tenement based on the interviews carried out by Dr Fitzgerald and her team. The museum has been critically successful and hugely popular with the public."