University of Hertfordshire professor’s Electric Generations exhibition opens in the UK

26 January 2018

An exciting new exhibition has moved from Dublin to Hertfordshire, showcasing the social impact of electricity across twentieth-century Ireland.

Electric Generations, showing at the University of Hertfordshire's de Havilland campus from 19 January to 30 March 2018, shows how Irish people first reacted to a mysterious new power entering their homes – electricity.  The exhibition goes on to explore how electricity was embraced as part of everyday life, and how it can be interpreted as a tool for freeing and empowering women.

The popular exhibition, which is free to visit, is a collaboration between the University of Hertfordshire’s History Group, Ireland’s largest supplier of renewable electricity, ESB, and the Institution of Engineering and Technology archives. It features previously unseen printed material from ESB’s and IET’s archives.

Ciara Meehan, Head of History at the University of Hertfordshire, said: ‘From fear of the supernatural in the 1920s to electric toothbrushes in the 1980s, Electric Generations tells the fascinating story of how Irish attitudes towards electricity were transformed over the course of the twentieth century. The exhibition gives a wonderful insight into people’s beliefs and emotions at the time electricity was invented and beyond as it became standardised across the Country.’

The exhibition is free to view and will be held on the first floor of the R block of the de Havilland Campus at the University of Hertfordshire. For more event information visit the Electric Generations website.

Image credit: ESB Archives

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