The NLI collection is constantly growing. Donations and new acquisitions often need de-framing, conservation treatment or rehousing to ensure long-term preservation and to optimise space and access. It is not always straightforward though, as two 20th century artworks recently showed us to expect the unexpected!   This drawing of actor Arthur Shields PD 4229 TB  is by [...]


Dr. Neassa Doherty (Volunteer NLI Prints & Drawings Dept., 2012 & PhD Graduate, NUIG, 2015) & Louise O’Connor (NLI Conservation Dept.) In 1742, the Dublin engraver and printseller, John Brooks, advertised that a mezzotint print of Hugh Boulter would be printed on “superfine Royal Irish Paper” (see fig. 1). Brooks’ claim to use Irish paper for [...]


Mould can grow on any surface, especially in our wet, damp climate! It’s one of the most common and serious causes of damage to our heritage but is largely preventable. NLI conservators often deal with mould on paper and the Patrick Pearse Papers are currently getting some first-aid treatment … Here are some ‘fun facts’ [...]