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 [...]


By Gabrielle Vergnoux, Conservation Intern, National Library of Ireland At first sight, an image of “Cork Harbour by Robert Lowe Stopford in 1862”, as is written on the verso, seems to do exactly what it says on the tin. The large marine landscape (29 x 71 cm), from the library’s Prints & Drawings Collection, depicts figures [...]


by Elodie Leveque – Conservation Intern, Heritage Council Have you ever wondered how we conserve ancient objects in the National Library of Ireland’s collections? How we tackle things like dirt and mould? Every year, acquisitions or donations help develop and enhance our wonderful collections and conservators here help make these items available to readers by [...]