One of the things that is very important to me as a Librarian is the profession’s commitment to impartiality (LAI Code of Professional Practice) and Intellectual Freedom (IFLA Statement on Libraries and Intellectual Freedom). Providing access to information and equipping library users with the skills to critically assess this information for themselves is crucial.
With this in mind, it is fascinating to reflect on the censorship that was applied to so many areas of life in Ireland’s not too distant past. The Little Museum of Dublin are currently exhibiting a selection of censored film posters in Smithfield’s Light House Cinema.
Dresses have been painted over scandalously salacious images, and in some cases whole images have been blacked out.
This is the first time the Little Museum have produced an exhibition outside of the museum – and it is well worth getting to the cinema a little early to take a look at these absurd changes made to posters for the sake of protecting Irish innocence.