Some of the contents of the permanently closed Irish Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut will be on display in a joint exhibit between Quinnipiac and the new Fairfield Great Hunger Museum at the Fairfield Museum and History Center from September 17.
‘An Gorta Mór: Selections from the Collection of the Great Hunger Museum of Ireland’ will run until Sunday 16 October and will feature pieces from the Great Hunger Museum of Ireland (IGHM), which has the largest art collection in the world. world linked to the Irish famine.
A press release from the Great Hunger Museum in Fairfield, which was selected by Quinnipiac in March to take over management of the museum in a new home in Fairfield, says 30 pieces from the collection will be on display, including Lilian Lucy Davidson’s “Gorta.” ; “Famine Ship” by John Behan; “The Taking of Leave” by Margaret Lyster Chamberlain; “The Victim” by Rowan Gillespie; “The World is Full of Murder” by Brian Maguire; “FinishingTouch” by James Brenan and “Irish Peas-ant Children” by Daniel MacDonald.
They added: “Quinnipiac is making art from Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum accessible at this exhibition, while Fairfield’s IGHM is developing a new space to display the full collection. Earlier this year, Quinnipiac announced that it would partner with the Gaelic-American Club in supporting the newly formed Fairfield IGHM to serve as the new location for the Great Hunger Museum’s Irish Collection. This move ensures that the collection remains intact in Connecticut, places it at the heart of an already vibrant Irish-American community, and preserves the story of the Great Hunger and its vital historical significance for future generations.
The Irish Great Hunger Museum in Fairfield and Quinnipiac are exploring other temporary exhibits in the coming months that will serve other communities, in addition to showcasing a small collection of artifacts at the Irish Great Hunger Institute on the Mount Carmel campus in Quinnipiac.
The Fairfield Museum and History Center is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission to the exhibition is free for museum members. Non-member adults pay $5, while seniors and students pay $3. Children five and under are free. For more information, visit fairfieldhistory.org.
To join Fairfield’s IGHM mailing list, visit ighmfairfield.wixsite.com/ighmf. The Fairfield Museum and History Center is located at 370 Beach Rd, Fairfield, CT 06824.