Wednesday 18 May 2022

'Bad Bridget' explores lives of female Irish migrants in 19th century

The Ulster American Folk Park in Omagh, County Tyrone has introduced a new exhibition exploring the experiences and struggles of Irish women who migrated to Boston, New York and Toronto from 1838 to 1918 and the challenges they encountered with the authorities and poverty as they struggled to survive.

The Bad Bridget exhibition will be on display at the Ulster
American Folk Park in Omagh, Co Tyrone until 28 April 2024

It's called the Bad Bridget exhibition, and was curated predominantly by women. It is based on significant research into Irish women criminals carried out by Dr Elaine Farrell and Dr Leanne McCormick over the last seven years, much of it carried out in the archives and libraries in the three cities.

Bad Bridget is the first new display at the folk park – one of Northern Ireland's four National Museums – in four years. It uses an eclectic mix of objects, sights, sounds and smells as it tells the women's stories of their lives in Ireland, the hardships that led them to emigrate, and their subsequent experiences as migrants.

The exhibition will run until 26 April 2024 and entry is included in the general admission ticket to the Park. For more details, visit the NMNI website.