Conservation Activities in Ireland V - Advance, inspire and share, NLI, Dublin (Conference)

Posted: Monday, 19 September 2016

The Institute of Conservator-Restorers in Ireland have announced that registration is open for their annual conference, 'Conservation Activities in Ireland V - Advance, inspire and share', to be held in the National Library of Ireland on Thursday 29 September 2016.

The opening address will be given by Michael Starrett, CEO of the Heritage Council and the day will include slideshow presentations from five Heritage Council sponsored interns. These are Lucilla Ronai (Trinity College Dublin), Cécilia Duminuco (Chester Beatty Library), Nicole Devereux (National Library of Ireland), Ellen McKeever (National Archives of Ireland) and Gina Grond (National Gallery of Ireland).

The three papers in the first session of the morning are thematically linked to 1916 in that they present centenary related conservation projects. Clodagh Neligan will start the day by describing an interesting partnership whereby children from the Central Model School examined and gave their responses to a newly conserved copy of the 1916 proclamation. Audrey McGinley will focus on the conservation of the Michael Collins archival collection (some 17 boxes) for digitisation. Rachel Phelan describes the conservation of the flag of the Irish Republic in preparation for the National Museum of Ireland's ‘Proclaiming a republic' exhibition.

Carol Smith will begin the second morning session by outlining the investigative conservation of a Viking sword recovered by divers in the River Shannon. Françoise Collanges will discuss the conservation challenges presented by complex dynamic objects such as clocks and Julia Poirier will consider the ethical considerations in the conservation and re-binding of a 14th century Samaritan manuscript.

The afternoon session will host four diverse papers. In the first, Hannah Power will describe the adoption of rare earth magnets as part of a revised method for split repairs. Gina Grond will discuss the digital condition mapping and the conservation of a painting of the Death of the Queen by R.T. Moynan. Conservation on a big scale will be the focus of Kate Aughey's paper on the treatment of a giant deer skull and antler set in which she will detail a method for loss compensation of sub-fossil bone. Multi-disciplinary collaborative conservation works at the World Heritage Site of Skellig Michael and in particular the conservation of the medieval mortared church of St. Michael will be the focus of a paper by Grellan Rourke.

The conference will be followed by a drinks reception hosted by ICRI and sponsored by Armour Systems and Conservation by Design, between 5.30- 7.30pm in the Grosvenor Suite, Mont Clare Hotel, just a short stroll away from the National Library, (at the corner of Merrion Square).

Click here to download the programme.

Places are limited, to register and to make payment of registration fee (€60), please email