Friday, 21 September 2018 00:00 until Saturday, 22 September 2018 00:00


Griffen Paper Mill, Donamon and Ox Bindery, Tobercurry
September Field Trip

September Field Trip

Field trip to the west of Ireland - open to all members and family

Friday 21 September – Meet at 11am

Griffen Mill, The Old Post Office, Ardmore, Donamon, Co. Roscommon 

Griffen mill is the only papermill in Ireland making traditional handmade paper. Famous for their watercolour papers which emulate the qualities of papers used by Turner and Cotman, as well as their wallpapers, bookbinding and letterpress and Islamic papers, Griffen Mill have provided papers for conservation departments and projects for many years. The mill owners Christine Laver-Gibbs and Michael Gibbs will share their extensive knowledge and experience with ICRI members with a short overview of the work of Griffen Mill followed by a visit to the workshop where everyone can have a go at making handmade wallpaper in the way it was done in the mid 1700's & preparing a traditional sheet of paper for Arabic calligraphy according to a 12th C recipe using eggs, flour, cucumber & wine. There will be a charge of €8 per person to cover the cost of materials.

Saturday 22 September - Meet at 11am

The Ox Bindery, Masshill/Massrock, Tubbercurry/Cloonacool, co. Sligo

On the second day of the trip we will visit Ox Bindery with ICRI accredited conservator Benjamin van de Wetering and partner Ineke Scholte. Nestled in the heart of the Ox Mountains, near Tubbercurry, (the Irish outback, the last stronghold of the Faeries) their conservation studio provides services to public and private clients in book, maps, manuscript, and prints and drawings conservation. They also create bespoke bindings for clients and for sale.

The visit will include a guided tour of the studio and an opportunity to create a non-adhesive style binding with a little bit of gold tooling.

Numbers are restricted to 12 so booking is essential.

There is lots to see in the area: a visit at the Jackie Clarke collection in Ballina, a great little museum of one man's collection on Irish republicanism with items spanning from the 17th to the 20st century. It has a video presentation showing 'conservation in action' shot at Ox Bindery. Belleek Castle is also a place of interest with many references to wrecked Spanish armada of 1588 and where there is an historic armoury collection on permanent display.

Accomodation and meals must be organised by participants. Ox Bindery also have a Bed in Barn, a self-catering 'Back to Basics' accommodation (sleeps up to 6).

Booking is free, please register for this trip by contacting: Jenny -

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Behind the scenes | Book conservation | conservation of cultural heritage | Field trip | Handmade paper
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