IMA Forum - Education and Outreach

Collections Forum - Exhibition-making: library collections. 7 December 2016, National Library of Ireland, Dublin.

"Books, manuscripts, pamphlets.... these fragile documents have their own special exhibition requirements and the IMA's collections forum 2016 will focus on this aspect of exhibition-making, with the aim of discussing and sharing curatorial best practice."

The Collections Forum focuses on bringing together curators, collection management and technical staff and conservators to discuss, disseminate information and reflect on different collection materials held in our museums: Photographic (2012), Textile (2013), Industrial and Working Artefacts (2014); Natural History Collections (2015).

From discussing resources to individual projects, the IMA's forums provide a platform to share findings and engage with colleagues working in museums, galleries and cultural institutions. They are intended as a place for critical engagement, where a lasting contribution can be made to the improvement of museum standards.

Invited guest Dr Sandra Collins, Director, National Library of Ireland, will give an opening address to delegates, followed by short 15 minute presentations, with ample time for reflection and discussion, by speakers selected from an open call for papers:

Dr Jill Unkel, Curator of Western Collections, Chester Beatty Library: 'Round peg in a square hole, or fitting a collection into an exhibition'

Dr Orla Fitzpatrick, National Museum of Ireland: 'Off the Shelf: maximising the potential of library collections within the museum'

Andrew Moore, Library assistant, National Gallery of Ireland: 'Rare auction catalogues in the National Gallery of Ireland'

Mark Reynolds, Archivist GAA Museum: 'The GAA Museum's library and archive collections'

Jennifer Greiner: 'Risking the Work of Angels: 'The loan and exhibition of iconic manuscripts'

Evelyn Flanagan, Special Collections Librarian, University College Dublin: 'Creating Exhibitions in Special Collections UCD Library'

Brian Crowley, Curator, The Pearse Museum: 'Knowing I loved my books': Exhibiting Shakespeare at the Pearse Museum

Nicola Ralston, Assistant Keeper, Education and Outreach Department, National Library of Ireland: 'Evolving through Evaluation: Learning lessons at the National Library of Ireland'


Please note that the forum registration fees (€15 - €25) includes refreshments but does not include lunch.

This forum is supported by the National Library of Ireland who have generously provided the IMA with use of their lecture theatre. The IMA is funded by its membership, the Department of Arts, Heritage, Rural, Regional and Gaeltacht Affairs, and The Heritage Council of Ireland.

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Evolving through Evaluation: Learning lessons at the National Library of Ireland