Thursday, 04 October 2018 09:00 until Thursday, 04 October 2018 17:00


National Gallery of Ireland
Conservation Activities in Ireland IV Conference

Conservation Activities in Ireland IV Conference

 4 October at the National Gallery of Ireland

Book your place now here

Conservators in Ireland are connecting and collaborating with diverse local communities, fellow heritage colleagues and aligned professions such as conservation scientists in ever diverse and innovative ways. This conference reflects a broadening range of conservation skills of ICRI members and highlights excellence in the conservation profession. It mirrors the central theme of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 - to make a connection. 

Ten speakers will present on exciting range of professional activities including materials’ analysis, in-situ public conservation and in depth conservation case-studies on cultural heritage objects. Collaboration across countries and continents is the subject of a keynote presentation; showcasing an inspired conservation project between the National Gallery of Ireland and the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles. 

In addition, attendees will view 9 posters offering a snapshot of recently completed conservation projects in Ireland, as well as the achievements of conservation interns at our national cultural institutions; an ongoing programme co-sponsored by the Heritage Council.

Read the presentation abstracts here. Follow the event hashtag #icriconf2018. This is an European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 event. 


  • Day Ticket - €60
  • Student ticket -€25
  • Keynote ticket -€20 

A €10 late booking fee will apply from 25 Sept 2018 



9.30 - Registration

SESSION 1 - 9.50 - 11.00 am

  • 'Conservation of a Louis Le Brocquy lithograph and the use of paper pulp applied over suction as an infilling technique', Ciara McQueirns, independent paper conservator
  • 'Puck, pigments analysis and paintings conservators – onsite conservation of a 17th century Dutch masterpiece', Corrie Masson, independent painting conservator

SESSION 2 - 11.30 - 1 pm

  • 'Jumping through hoops: the challenges of working with stakeholders when conserving relics', Karen Horton, independent textile and ethnographic conservator
  • 'In the footsteps of Shackleton and Crean: conservation of Antarctic heritage', Ciarán Lavelle, objects conservator, Birmingham Museums Trust
  • 'Conservation of four Travellers’ tables acquired by N.M.I in 1994 and 1997', Patrick Boyle, objects conservator, National Museum of Ireland
  • 'Introducing Hillsborough Castle to conservation', David Orr, metalwork conservator, Hillsborough Castle

SESSION 3 - 1.50 - 2.55 pm

  • 'The Heritage Council's Conservation internship scheme – 10 years on', Dr. Jane Maxwell, on behalf of the Heritage Council
  • 'The Prodigal Son Series (c.1660s) by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo; an examination of technique', Muirne Lydon, paintings conservator, National Gallery of Ireland
  • 'Parchment, perforations and pigments: exploring the materiality of an early Qur’an manuscript (CBL Is 1404)', Kristine Rose-Beers, senior conservator (manuscripts & books), Chester Beatty Library

SESSION 4 - 3.10 - 5 pm

  • 'Common sense(s) – the identification of plastics in collections by non-analytical methods', Dr Brenda Keneghan, materials scientist, Victoria & Albert Museum

Key Note Presentation

  • 'Conservation and Collaboration across Continents', Maria Canavan, National Gallery of Ireland, Devi Ormond, J. Paul Getty Museum

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