Recasting Canova at the Crawford Art Gallery

The gallery where the Crawford displays its collection of casts has recently been given a fantastic re-vamp. The West Cork History Festival paid a visit.

The collection was made under the supervision of renowned Italian sculptor Antonio Canova and reproduced some of the greatest works of Ancient Greek and Roman sculpture in the Vatican Museums. It was commissioned by Pope Pius VII as a gift to the Prince Regent (later George IV) as a thank you to Britain for its role in defeating Napoleon. The casts arrived in Cork in 1818. Further information can be found here.

 

Become a Friend of the West Cork History Festival

Would you like to become a Friend of the West Cork History Festival? Your support would help us expand and improve an already brilliant annual weekend of historical discussion and debate. The Festival does not aim to make a profit, but we do need your help to make it sustainable.

There are two categories:

 

Donors – in return for €290 per annum, or €450 for a couple, you will:

  • be acknowledged on our website
  • receive one weekend pass (two for a couple)
  • be invited, along with one guest, to a Donors’ & Friends’ drinks reception on the Thursday evening before the Festival
  • receive advance notice of the Early Bird tickets going on sale

Friends – for €90 per annum you will:

  • be invited, along with one guest, to a Donors’ & Friends’ drinks reception on the Thursday evening before the Festival
  • receive advanced notice of the Early Bird tickets going on sale

Please do email us on westcorkhistoryfestival@gmail.com if you are interested in becoming a Donor or Friend, or alternatively call us on 00353 (0)87 356 1871.

 

Irish women in mid-20th century Britain

An interesting article by Sarah O’Brien in the Irish Times on Irish women emigrating to Britain from the 1950s:

“Britain in the last half century has been no paradise for Irish immigrants. Rather, it has been their place of protest. We have needed Britain for our counter-narratives as much as it has needed us for its labour.”

Photo from the Irish Times/Getty Images, showing an Irish nurse working in St Chad’s Hospital in Birmingham in 1955