The Hunt Museum, Limerick has become the first Irish GLAM to donate a set of images to Wikimedia Commons. It is the first use of Pattypan in Ireland, which saw a set of 45 high resolution images being uploaded of the collection of clothing by the Irish designer Sybil Connolly. To celebrate this donation, a series of three events were held in the Hunt's Sybil exhibition over three days 17-19 May. The events saw the Hunt's docents, staff, members of the public as well as academics, historians and local artists learning how to edit Wikipedia. They worked on Connolly's article, as well as articles relating to various forms of Irish lace, linen, and tweed which were used by Connolly in her designs.
As the first use of Pattypan in Ireland with a GLAM, it was a key learning experience for not only the Hunt Museum but also Wikimedia Community Ireland. It saw the creation of an institutional template for the upload, as well as a new Commons category for Sybil Connolly's work.
Heiress gown from 1957 with chevron pleated handkerchief linen.
Detail of the Heiress gown, showing waist detail.
Cream evening gown from 1964 featuring crochet details.
Pink Ice gown with Carrickmacross appliqué lace.
Detail of Pink Ice gown lace.
Lavender evening gown with gossamer pleated linen.
Detail of the pleated linen, used in many Connolly designs.
Wedding two-piece outfit in pleated linen. The skirt is based on the design of the ‘First Love’ dress.