Friends of the Library Lecture on World War I 24/09/15

The Friends of the Library – Trinity College Dublin are delighted to announce their first lecture from the autumn programme. Admission is €5 (Members & Concessions €2.50). All welcome! Enquiries to 01 8961544 or

When did the Great War end?: the time frames of World War I by Dr John Horne
19:30, Thursday 24 September 2015
Thomas Davis Theatre, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin

Dr Horne recently retired as Professor of Modern European History at Trinity College Dublin. His research focuses on the history of twentieth-century France and the Great War from a comparative and transnational perspective. Dr Horne has published widely on the Great War, and edited and contributed to La guerre totale: le tournant de 1914-1915 (2010), A Companion to World War One (2010); and Our War: Ireland and the Great War (2008).

Launch of “The St Cuthbert Gospel: Studies on the Insular Manuscript of the Gospel of John”

St Cuthbert Gospel24 June saw the launch of The St Cuthbert Gospel: Studies on the Insular Manuscript of the Gospel of John edited by Dr Claire Breay, from the British Library, and our own Dr Bernard Meehan.

The St Cuthbert Gospel is the earliest intact European book and is a landmark in the cultural history of western Europe.

Want more details? See the expanded post on our Manuscripts at Trinity blog.

I’ve Just Seen a Face: Preserving Photographs Worldwide From Benin and Beirut to Bogota – Lecture, 23/06/15

A public lecture by Prof Debra Hess Norris (Chair of the Art Conservation Department at the University of Delaware, and Professor of Photograph Conservation), organised by the Library. Tuesday, 23 June 2015, 13:00, Trinity Long Room Hub.

Photography can connect the world. The preservation of these rich and endangered resources – from 19th-century cabinet card portraits comprised of egg white binder layers to 1960s colour photographs – is imperative to communities large and small, local and global. Photographic collections are at-risk worldwide; they are threatened by inadequate environmental conditions, poor management, improper housing and handling, natural and man-made emergencies, and inherent instability. This presentation will address the physical and chemical structure of photographic materials, present preservation challenges posed by these materials, and share recommendations for their long-term care. Working together we can continue to advance and strengthen photograph preservation efforts globally and ensure that these rich cultural, historical, and artistic resources are preserved for mankind.

Podcast & Slides from “Meeting the Challenges of Preserving the UK Web” Lecture

Trinity College Library Dublin hosted a public lecture entitled Meeting the Challenges of Preserving the UK Web on Wednesday, 6th of May at 1:15pm in the Neill Lecture Theatre, Trinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute.


The talk was delivered by Helen Hockx-Yu, Head of Web Archiving, British Library.
The British Library has taken on the challenge of collecting and providing continued access to UK’s digital heritage. An important element of this is the World Wide Web, fast evolving since its advent in 1980, and fundamentally changing the way we live, work and communicate. The British Library started a programme of work in 2003, to build from scratch the capacity to eventually preserve the entire UK web domain. The UK Legal Deposit Libraries, including Trinity College Library Dublin, are now on the front line of the most ambitious expansion of heritage responsibilities in more than 300 years. This is required and enabled by the UK Non-Print Legal Deposit regulations which came into force in April 2013, charging us with capturing, among a wide range of digital publications, the content of every site carrying the .uk suffix (and more), preserving the material and making it accessible in the Legal Deposit Libraries’ reading rooms.
This talk provided an overview of the key curatorial, legal and technical challenges related to archiving the UK web, and the approaches the British Library has taken to meet these challenges. It covered interaction and engagement with researchers, using the Big UK Domain Data for Arts and Humanities ( as an example, and summarised the learning, including some research outputs and how scholarly interaction changed the way the British Library collects websites, and stores and makes available web archives.
Helen Hockx-Yu is Head of Web Archiving at the British Library (BL). She has led the BL’s web archiving activities since 2008, building the Library’s capability for archiving the UK web at scale and implementing legal deposit of over 4 million UK websites since April 2013. She has published and spoken extensively about web archiving, addressing national and international audiences at various academic and professional conferences. Previously, Helen was Project Manager of the Planets project, a four-year project co-funded by the European Union under the Sixth Framework Programme to address core digital preservation challenges. Before joining the British Library, she worked as a Programme Manager at the UK Joint Information Systems Committee, overseeing JISC’s research and development activities in the area of digital preservation.

Event Details:
Date: Wednesday, 06 May 2015
Time: 13.15 (approximately 1 hour)
Venue: Trinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute, Neill Lecture Theatre.

What Do We Lose When We Lose a Library? The Future Challenges of Libraries. Leuven, Sept 2015: Registration & Programme Now Live

What do we lose when we lose a library. 9-11 September 2015 KU Leaven, BelgiumThe programme for the conference  What do we lose when we lose a Library? in Leuven this September is now online, and early bird registration until 15th May is open.

Trinity College Library Dublin will be represented by Jane Maxwell, who will deliver the paper There’s more than one way to lose a library: Archival Collection Development and the History of Women.

To commemorate the centenary of the destruction of the University of Leuven Library in 1914, the Goethe-Institut Brüssel, the British Council Brussels and the University of Leuven (KU Leuven) are organising a three-day international conference in Leuven on the challenging topic: What do we lose when we lose a library. It will run from 9-11 September.

Trinity College Library Dublin is a partner on the international team of library experts supporting this important conference.

The fragility of libraries in their material and digital dimension remains, 100 years after the fire, one of the greatest challenges for the transmission of human knowledge. The two conference themes Library & Heritage and Library & Digital Challenge will shed light on the vision and approach of the past and on the future of libraries. Scholars in the field of history, library science, information science, digital humanities, cultural and conservation disciplines are invited to submit an abstract. The aim is to raise worldwide public consciousness of the important task of sharing collective and cultural memory, and to raise awareness of the challenges libraries face in performing this task.

RDS ‘Great Libraries of the World’ Lecture – Peter Fox on Trinity College Library Dublin 15/04/15

Trinity College Library Dublin: a History

Peter Fox’s ‘Trinity College Library Dublin: a History’, launched in 2014

This free (but booking essential!) lecture will examine some familiar aspects of the history of Trinity College Library Dublin from a less familiar perspective. Much of what we now take for granted: the foundation of the Library in the 16th century, the building of what we now call the Old Library in the 18th, the New Library (now the Berkeley) in the 20th, and Trinity’s continuing right to claim new books published in both Britain and Ireland – all of these involved complex negotiations, the outcome of which was far from certain. The story of the Library was directly affected by the intervention of major historical figures – monarchs: Elizabeth I, Queen Anne and Charles II; archbishops: James Ussher, William King and John Charles McQuaid; politicians: Oliver Cromwell, Eamon de Valera and Seán Lemass. These all feature in the lecture, which will cover the political background to the development of Ireland’s greatest library and its relations with church and state over four centuries.

Full details and how to book can be found on the RDS website.

Peter Fox worked at Trinity College for 15 years, first as Deputy Librarian and then as Librarian and College Archivist. He edited Treasures of the Library: Trinity College Dublin, published by the Royal Irish Academy in 1986, and the commentary volume to the Book of Kells facsimile. His history of Trinity College Library Dublin was published in 2014 by Cambridge University Press. From 1994 to 2009 he was the Librarian of the University of Cambridge, and he is a Fellow of Selwyn College Cambridge.

Friends of the Library Lecture on John Redmond 30/04/15

1914-1918The Friends of the Library – Trinity College Dublin are delighted to announce their next lecture. Admission is €5 (Members & Concessions €2.50). All welcome!

The Monica Henchy Memorial Lecture by Conor Mulvagh (UCD)
19:30, Thursday 30 April 2015
Thomas Davis Theatre, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin
on Defending enemies: John Redmond and the aftermath of the Rising

Conor Mulvagh is a lecturer in Irish History at UCD working on commemoration and the Irish revolutionary decade (1912-23) and is currently researching a history of UCD during the Irish Revolution. He has previously worked on the Royal Irish Academy’s Documents on Irish Foreign Policy project (2013), and undertook a bursary with the Oireachtas Library. His new book Sit, act, and vote: the Irish Parliamentary Party at Westminster, 1900-1918 will be published by Manchester UP later this year.