Remembering The Tenements Day

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Remembering The Tenements Day

Wood Quay Venue, Dublin City Council Civic Offices, Saturday 10th December 2016

Dublin City Council is developing a museum at 14 Henrietta Street the main focus of which will be the tenement life of Dublin’s inner city which lasted from the mid-19th century and throughout the 20th century until the 1970s. The museum’s primary collection will be the memories of tenement life which we are currently recording with the National Folklore Collection.

Henrietta Street Tenements

As part of the development of the museum at 14 Henrietta Street, DCC have embarked upon an oral history project with the National Folklore Collection UCD through which they are recording the living memories and reflections of people who lived in the Henrietta Street tenements and other streets during the second half of the 20th century.  It is important to remember that according to the 1901 and 1911 census records 17 families totalling 100 people lived in no.14.  It should also be noted that over 25,000 people were living in Dublin’s tenements in 1913. The population of Henrietta Street, over 850 men women and children at its most crowded, did not reduce until much later in the 20th century when families moved out, mostly to the outer suburbs of the city. The last residents left during the 1970s and 1980s.

14 Henrietta Street will open to the public in early 2017.

Remembering the Tenements – Get involved!

Dublin City Council want people who grew up in a tenement house in Dublin to rummage through attics and drawers to find old mementos that help tell the story of what life was like in the tenements. During Remembering the Tenements Day, people can bring along these mementos and stories or memories associated with them which will be recorded and registered.

Participation in Remembering the Tenements Day means those who attend will be contributing to the development of the new museum at 14 Henrietta Street. The information people share, which for the most part isn’t documented anywhere, will be archived in the National Folklore Collection for future generations to appreciate.

It would be fantastic if anyone who has family connections and memories associated with life in tenement Dublin to come on the day and share with us their mementos and stories of life in the tenements.

Did you grow up in the Dublin tenements?

If you did please come along to Remembering the Tenements Day.

Please bring along any memorabilia important to you that describe tenement life, for instance:

Rent books,

Ration books,





Sporting memorabilia,

Copy books, or

Religious artefacts…

With your permission the object will be recorded and photographed. If you have a memory or story attached to the object please share it! Once the memorabilia has been recorded, you can bring it home again when you leave.

By participating, you will be contributing to the development of the Dublin Tenement Museum Project at 14 Henrietta Street.


Saturday 10th December 2016
10am - 3.30pm
Dublin City Council, Wood Quay, Ireland

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