Changing Habits: 250 Years of Convent Life

01.08.2021 – Extended until 2022!Ext


Nano Nagle Place are delighted to launch our latest temporary exhibition which will celebrate the continued use of the site on Douglas Street in Cork as a convent for 250 years. Changing Habits: 250 Years of Convent Life will chart the construction of the oldest building, built in 1771, by Nano Nagle as home for the Ursuline Sisters she had invited to Cork from Paris. The exhibition will then chart the foundation of the Presentation Sisters and the changing ways of life on the site up to the present day.


Using the rich archival records of the Ursuline and Presentation sisters, the exhibition will also include artefacts from the collection of objects held by the Presentation Sisters. The Exhibition will feature recreations of a complete set of nuns’ habits through the years. The oldest kind of habit, worn by the Presentation Sisters from 1805, changed very little for 140 years. Several changes then came in quick succession. The habit was made shorter, the huge sleeves were made detachable, and the bandeau and the guimpe, once made of starched linen, changed to celluloid. Dressmaker Sam Wynn, and the resident sisters here, have created what the ‘changing habits’ look like over time.


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