We intend to bring to the general public the horror that is Tuam’s Mother and Baby Home. We will need donations to both maintain our informative website and to fund a future resource centre for both Tuam and all Mother and Baby Homes and Industrial Institution in Ireland and for all Victims and Survivors of Catholic Church Institutions. This centre will be called “ The Victims and Survivors Resource Centre”. Its function will be to hold both the Irish Catholic Church and the Irish Government accountable, and to record the history and testimonials of all Survivors, of all Mother and Baby Homes and Industrial Schools, and Magdalene Laundries in Ireland. A resource where all documents can be safely stored and accessed by Survivors, Family of Survivors, and Academics. Our stated mission is to study and to generate an understanding of how innocent women and children could be locked up without a crime in these horrendous Religious run Institutions, were the women and children were raped and beaten to death and dumped into cesspools and septic tanks throughout Ireland, by both a destructive prejudice and intolerant religion and society.
The Victims and Survivors Resource Centre, will study provide an educational experience through which all people can develop an understanding of how the Mother and Baby Homes, Industrial Schools, and Magdalene Laundries in Ireland emerged from a progression of events. It also provides a basis from which people can draw conclusions about what society can learn from these events and how they relate to current events.
A booklet will be designed to provide teachers with information and suggested activities that will help students and the general public participating in the Victims and Survivors Resource Centre, other Education Programs and how to obtain the most from the Resource Centre, including its history. It is divided into background information and pre- and post-visit activities. The information provided will be developed to support the program lecture while providing a vehicle to assist the people in general with an onsite oral and written histories. Post-visit activities will be designed to provide additional information sources and suggestions for teacher-led exercises.
The lecture will provide an introduction, followed by an examination of the Irish Catholic Church’s roll and rise , and the persecution of women and children. Videos will be shown to support the lecture material. Talks by both female and male Survivors, about their experiences in the Mother and Baby Homes, Industrial Schools, and Magdalene Laundries in Ireland. The in-house presentation includes the same components as the Museum session with the gallery tours and personal testimony of Survivors. The program can contain a combination of any or all of the offered components, depending on the time available.