Share your memories of tenement living at 'Remembering the Tenements Day'

Did you live in a Dublin tenement? If so please join us for ‘Remembering the Tenements Day’

Dublin City Council is inviting anyone who grew up in Dublin tenements to come along to a special event taking place in the Kings Inns, Henrietta Street, Dublin 1 on Saturday 16th April, 2016.

No. 14 Henrietta Street is in the ownership of Dublin City Council and is currently undergoing refurbishment as part of the Dublin Tenement Museum Project. The Project will see No. 14 open as a Museum in early 2017. The main focus of the Museum will reflect tenement life in Dublin’s inner city which continued until the 1970s. We are seeking the public’s help to collect information on the material culture of tenement life and associated stories that will help inform the museum we are developing at No.14.

In conjunction with the Kings Inns in Henrietta Street, we invite people who grew up in a tenement house in Dublin to come along on the 16th April between 10.00 a.m. and 3.30 p.m. and bring items that are from this time in their life or their family’s life.

Charles Duggan, Heritage Officer with Dublin City Council, said “With people’s permission we will record and photograph any objects you bring to Remembering the Tenements Day. Everything you bring in will go home with you on the day. We would also love to hear your stories about these items. The information shared with us will form part of the museum in Henrietta Street and will also be kept in the National Folklore Collection for future generations to reference.“


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Notes to the editor:

In the early 1900s over 25,000 people were living in Dublin’s tenements. The Census records of 1901 and 1911 record 17 families totalling 100 people living in no.14. The population of Henrietta Street peaked at over 850 men, women and children and did not reduce until the late 20th century when families moved to the outer city suburbs. The last residents left no. 14 in 1979 and the street during the 1980s.