Ardnacrusha Memories: Collecting your stories about the Shannon Hydro-Electric Scheme

May - September 2020
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Ardnacrusha Memories: Collecting your stories about the Shannon Hydro-Electric Scheme is an online event which will take place from May-September under the umbrella of European Expo 2020.

The Shannon Hydro-Electric Scheme was one the first major developments by the Irish Free State in the 1920s. It played a pivotal role in the development of Ireland in the 20th Century, and paved the way for the social, economic, and industrial development of Ireland.

During the construction of the plant, approximately 4,000 Irish and 1,000 German men lived and worked on-site at Ardnacrusha. Today, almost 100 years on, we want to collect and share their stories. Working with the ESB Archives, Europeana, EuropeanExpo2020, the Hunt Museum Docents and Friends, we hope to collect and share stories, artifacts and memorabilia relating to the Shannon Scheme.

Objects might be photos, diaries, letters, drawings, tools used, the hat worn, reminiscences of the first time you had electricity in your house or school, commemorations of workers involved in the whole Shannon Hydro-Electric Scheme. The objects collected become part of Europe At Work - a collection of stories and digital objects about working in Europe made available to all on the Europeana website.

Can you help us to tell the story of your Ardnacrusha memories through your working lives in the past and the present? We invite you to tell us about your work through objects like pictures, letters, work documents or memorabilia. Contact Rosemarie on Email: to tell your story.

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