Events & Training - Archive

Cultural Objects Worked in Skeletal Hard Tissues - Materials Identification Workshop

Cultural Objects Worked in Skeletal Hard Tissues - Materials Identification Workshop

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

09:00 until 17:00

National Museum of Ireland, Collin's Barracks



The course is taught by Dr Sonia O’Connor FSA FIIC ACR, University of Bradford over two days through a mix of lectures, handling sessions and practical identification. The materials covered in detail include bone, antler, various species of ivory, horn, baleen, tortoiseshell, rhino horn and hornbill, but materials used as substitutes or to imitate these materials, such as hoof, shell, coral, and plastics will also be examined. The emphasis is on visual, non-destructive, identification techniques although there will be some discussion of other analytical approaches, such as proteomics. Participants are invited to bring along samples from their own collections.

To book a place on the course and to receive the full programme please contact Paul Mallarkey:

Conservation Conversations

Conservation Conversations

Wednesday, 05 April 2017

15:00 until 17:00

National Gallery of Ireland, Board Room

ICRI in conversation with the University of Lincoln Conservation of Cultural Heritage programmes.

Please come and join course lecturer Dr Cathy Daly and the students of Lincoln for Conservation Conversations at the Board Room of the National Gallery of Ireland. This is an opportunity for an exchange of information and to potentially create some new and lasting professional friendships that will benefit all.

Please RSVP to Maria Canavan:

Spring Outing

Spring Outing

Saturday, 08 April 2017

11:00 until 16:00

Fore Abbey carpark

Join us for a great Spring outing to the stunning Fore monastic site, Co. Westmeath, with medieval art historian Dr Rachel Moss, and St Mel’s Cathedral, Longford, with conservator Carol Smith. 

Meet at 11am in the Fore Abbey carpark. Family and friends are very welcome.

Rachel Moss will guide us from the early monastic church, to the anchorite’s cell to the Benedictine priory and associated holy well and tree and place them in their historic and folkloric context. (Dr Rachel Moss is the Head of the Department of History of Art and Architecture, Trinity College Dublin).

Meet again at 2:30pm outside St Mel’s Cathedral.

In 2009 St Mel’s Cathedral and the Longford Diocesan Museum were devastated in a fire, with almost 500 artefacts of national and local significance damaged or destroyed.

Carol Smith will explain her role in the excavation and processing of finds on site, which involved the examination of vast quantities of molten coins and fragments of metal, ceramic, glass and stone; and the post excavation work in the National Museum of Ireland; Collins Barracks. (Carol Smith is an archaeological conservator at the National Museum of Ireland).

Please RSVP so we have an idea of numbers.

To RSVP and for more details contact Jenny Greiner:

Behind the Scenes

Behind the Scenes

Thursday, 22 June 2017

14:00 until 16:00

National Archives of Ireland, Bishop Street Entrance

Due to unforeseen circumstances the ICRI tour to the NAI has been postponed. We will provide another opportunity to see the department in our events programme as soon as it can be rescheduled.




Thursday Talks on Conservation

Thursday Talks on Conservation

Thursday, 17 August 2017

17:30 until 18:30

Helen Roe Theatre, The Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, 63 Merrion Square

Join us for Thursday Talks on Conservation Topics.

Lauren Buttle, Kress Fellow at Trinity College Library Conservation Department, will discuss the conservation of papyrus Egyptian Books of the Dead.

Mary Teehan, E-RIHS coordinator (Ireland) and Archaeology 2025 Strategy coordinator, will present The European Infrastructure for Heritage Science (E-RIHS) - a new portal for conservation science. 

Open to all members. Non-members are very welcome €5

Field Trip to Birr Castle

Field Trip to Birr Castle

Saturday, 30 September 2017

11:00 until 16:00

We will meet at the Science Centre reception, Birr Castle, County Offaly

Join us on a special tour of Birr Castle, a rare gem in the heart of Ireland, and see the castle through the eyes of the owners, Earl and Lady Rosse. By special arrangement, we will also explore the Demesne and St Brendans’s well. To make a full day of it the Courtyard café is available for coffee and lunch.

Entrance fee: €18

Open to all members and family

To register for this event please contact:

Training Day in Social Media and Broadcast Media Skills

Training Day in Social Media and Broadcast Media Skills

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

09:30 until 17:00

Henry Jones Room, Old Library, Trinity College Dublin

A 1 day training programme provided by DHR Communications for members of ICRI who engage, or seek to engage, with the media. Topics covered include: an introduction to social media; an overview of writing for the web/blogging; tips and techniques for broadcast media interviews; and dealing with media queries.

The cost is €50.

To book a place please contact:

Behind the Scenes

Behind the Scenes

Thursday, 09 November 2017

11:00 until 13:00

Chester Beatty Library, Dublin Castle

Join Kristine Rose Beers, Senior Conservator at the Chester Beatty Library, for a guided tour of the conservation department and an opportunity to learn of the treatment of the world renown collections held by the Library.

This event is open to all members however booking is essential. To reserve a place please contact:

Thursday Talks on Conservation

Thursday Talks on Conservation

Thursday, 16 November 2017

17:30 until 18:30

Helen Roe Theatre, The Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, 63 Merrion Square, Dublin

Join us for 2 Thursday talks:

The Guercino Research and Conservation Project, presented by Simone Mancini, Head of Conservation, National Gallery of Ireland

Simone will discuss a collaborative conservation and research project between NGI and J.Paul Getty Museum, Los Angelos.  A team comprising conservators, curators, and scientists from both institutions are conserving and researching 'Jacob Blessing the Sons of Joseph' by Giovanni Francesco Barbieri (1591-1666), known as Guercino. Art historical study is facilitated by both the Denis Mahon archives in Dublin, and the Getty Research Institute.

Conservation-restoration of furniture, gilding and decorative woodwork for the National Trust at Mount Stewart House, presented by Fergus Purdy, specialist in the treatment of furniture and wooden objects. 

Fergus will discuss his contribution to the recent comprehensive conservation programme at the Mount Stewart House, a National Trust property in Co. Down.

Open to all members.

Non-members are very welcome - €5.

Christmas Drinks

Christmas Drinks

Friday, 15 December 2017

17:30 until 19:30

Library Bar, Central Hotel, Exchequer Street, Dublin 2

Colleagues and friends - join us for ICRI Christmas drinks, to celebrate the year gone by and toast to the one to come. Catch up and enjoy a festive drink (or two) in the atmospheric Library Bar, of the Central Hotel. See you there!