There are 10 chapters: introduction; opening Day--a city on display; timekeepers of progress; making an exhibition
of ourselves; aenot grit enoughAE?; the architecture of the Cork International Exhibition; the educational and industrial exhibits; tourism, royal visits, amusements and entertainments; exhibiting culture--displaying art, music and sport; the legacy of the 1902 and 1903 Cork exhibitions.
Speaking to Today's Zaman in an interview, Zerman said her idea of making an exhibition
based on her master's thesis, titled "Studying an Ottoman 'Bourgeois' Family: Said Bey's Family Archive (1900-1930)," came as a result of her feeling of being trapped while working on the archive and writing the thesis.
Quiz nights, darts, dominoes, and customers making an exhibition
of themselves holding a microphone have done nothing to help the plight of failing pubs.
As a guide on what to watch for when reading any of the editions currently available, she discusses making an exhibition
of oneself: the preface, show and tell: the reader within the diary, on display: the details of dress, and living on: forms of cultural afterlife.