On Saturday 3 November 2018 the National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts and History, Collins Barracks, Dublin 7, hosted a one-day conference entitled ‘Deeds not words? Assessing a century of change’. This conference brought together a range of academics, historians and writers to explore changes and advancements in Irish society, particularly for women over the last 100 years since 1918. This was a year that saw significant social change in Ireland, including the end of World War I, the passing of the Representation of People Act and the 1918 elections. The conference posed the question, what has changed for society, since 1918, for better and for worse? Speakers include Senator Ivana Bacik, Elaine Callinan (Carlow College), Mary McAuliffe (UCD), and Ciara Meehan (Hertfordshire).
The conference was organised in conjunction with the exhibition Votes for women: Suffrage and citizenship on display at the Houses of the Oireachtas, Leinster House, Dublin 2 until 14 December 2018, and which will go on display at the National Museum of Ireland, Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks in 2019.