Projects

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 […]

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Only very cool conservators get to work on the conservation equivalent of CSI. Yes, it’s fun to wear white coats, flash the ultraviolet light around and talk abut acidity (for us, anyhow!), but the reality of preserving our paper heritage collections is somewhat more mundane. That is until we must deal with LOTS of mould. […]

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by Nikki Ralston, Exhibitions Our new Front Hall display proudly says “Welcome to Your NLI”, not the NLI or our NLI but Yours. After all, as a public collection the National Library of Ireland does belong to all, it’s Ours. Perhaps you already had a sense of this public ownership, but had you thought about […]

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