National Library of Ireland

Post by Claire Dantin, Conservation intern 2016-17 (NLI’s conservation internship is jointly funded by the Heritage Council) For a conservator, understanding the original materials of an item before any conservation treatment is essential. I recently conserved 4 albums containing beautiful prints and drawings of Irish castles by James Stark Fleming (1834-1922). Some of the earliest […]

{ 0 comments }

Post by Heraldic collection conservator Louise O’Connor All organic materials degrade. Historic manuscripts are handmade, unique artefacts combining parchment, paper, animal glues, pigments, inks, threads and leather. Unless left untouched in an oxygen free environment, these components may lose strength, discolour and can fall apart! Treating unique and degraded manuscripts can be a key part […]

{ 0 comments }

by Sam McGrath, Cataloguer, Joseph Holloway Collection While cataloguing 19th century books, you can occasionally come across a little hand-written inscription that will make you pause for a moment and reflect on life’s journey. This was certainly the case when I opened the non-descript ‘Fireside tales for the young – Vol. 3’ by Sarah Stickney Ellis […]

{ 1 comment }