The Little Museum of Dublin has brought history to life with 15 short films covering nugget-sized pieces of Ireland’s history. Each week IrishCentral will release one of the new clips. This week’s topic is Brendan Bracken, Minister for Information during World War II and Private Secretary to Winston Churchill, a Tipperary man.
The series, "The Little History of Dublin," tells the story of this great city in 15 bite-sized clips. Made with the generous support of Aer Lingus and the Department of Foreign Affairs, the films are now finding a global audience on IrishCentral.
Presented by ‘Professor’ Jamie Harrington – proud young Dub and YouTube sensation – the films cover subjects as diverse as Switzer’s, Nelson’s Pillar and the Celtic Tiger.
The Little Museum, voted the number one museum in Dublin on Yelp, is located on St. Stephen’s Green, in a beautiful Georgian building. The collection, created by public donation, reveals the history of the city over more than 100 years, from Queen Victoria’s visit to U2’s global success. Entry to the museum is by guided tour only and most tours sell out.
Brendan Bracken, born near Templemore, in County Tipperary was Minister for Information during World War II, Private Secretary to Winston Churchill, Privy Counciller and a publisher. For the duration of the War he served at 10 Downing Street.
He is best remembered for opposing the Bank of England's co-operation with Adolf Hitler and for subsequently supporting Winston Churchill's prosecution of World War II against Hitler. He was also the founder of the modern version of the Financial Times newspaper. Another interesting fact is that George Orwell (the famous author of “1984”) was a civil servant under Bracken's department during the war years.
Speaking about the Little Museum of Dublin’s new short videos museum director Wissame Cherfi explained the idea behind the new movies. He said, “The idea was to create a series of videos that are fun and informative. I’ve always thought that the best way to learn and remember something is to have fun while doing it. We also wanted the films to be accessible to a broad audience, reaching young and old alike.”
“Casting Jamie Harrington as the main character in the films was instinctive,” says Wissame, “as I have worked with Jamie on a couple of projects in the past and I knew he was the right fit. His natural talent allowed us to experiment a lot in terms of directing and creating the right character so that everyone can relate to him.”
“We had great fun making these films and we really hope you'll enjoy watching them – and that you will, hopefully, learn something new about Dublin's rich history.”
For more information visit www.littlemuseum.ie.
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