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Museum Standards Programme for Ireland Standards and Guidelines

Museum Standards Programme for Ireland Standards and Guidelines

Museums, Archives & Cultural Heritage /

The Museum Standards Programme for Ireland (MSPI) benchmarks and promotes professional standards in collections care and recognises the achievements of those standards within the Irish museum sector.

  • Published by: The Heritage Council
Bolton Library Conservation Plan 2007

Bolton Library Conservation Plan 2007

Built/Urban Heritage & Archaeology Museums, Archives & Cultural Heritage /

This plan was commissioned by the Heritage Council, in partnership with the Bolton Library, to develop and propose policies for the long-term care and management of the Library and to increase understanding of its historic importance in the town of Cashel and the wider national and international context.

The Bolton Library, Cashel, is one of Ireland’s great, but little known  treasures. The bequest of Archbishop Bolton, it provides a rich insight into the cultured milieu in which such a patron lived and the wide breadth of his learning and aspirations. 

It complements other such collections in Ireland, from the same period, such as the Worth Library and Marsh’s Library, both in Dublin. The donation of the Bolton Library to subsequent generations provided a legacy beyond price.

  • Published by: Heritage Council
  • Author(s): Mr Alastair Coey, Dr Brian Turner and Ms Niamh McGuinn
Creation of a Naval Maritime Museum: Scoping Study

Creation of a Naval Maritime Museum: Scoping Study

Museums, Archives & Cultural Heritage /

Scoping study for the creation of a naval or maritime museum at Haulbowline, Cork Harbour.

In keeping with the aims of its Strategic Plan 2007—2011, the Heritage Council, in partnership with the Irish Naval Service, commissioned this study. The study (DRAFT) complements the Heritage

Council’s
key ‘shared vision’ to ‘work in partnership for the conservation of our
national heritage through encouraging its accessibility and enjoyment
by everyone.’ The draft ‘Scoping Study’ is
presented here to the public for wider consultation and feedback.

  • Published by: The Heritage Council
  • Author(s): Ian Parkin, Allan Randall, Niall Phillips, Dennis Brennan
Literature Review on the Impacts of Boatwash on the Heritage of Ireland’s Inland Waterways

Literature Review on the Impacts of Boatwash on the Heritage of Ireland’s Inland Waterways

Natural Heritage & Biodiversity Museums, Archives & Cultural Heritage /

The impact of boat-wash on the natural and cultural heritage of Ireland’s waterways was identified as an important issue in the Waterways Corridor Studies carried betweeen 2001 and 2006. To further investigate this, in 2006 the Heritage Council commissioned Hydraulics & Maritime Research Centre UCC to undertake a Literature Review on research carried out to date and current practice in relation to boat-wash.

The specific impacts examined were:

  • Ecological impact - terrestrial and aquatic flora and fauna, and terrestrial and aquatic habitats;
  • Cultural heritage impact - underwater archaeology, and upstanding archaeological structures such as crannógs, landing places, harbours, piers and bridges from medieval times to the mid-20th century;
  • Hydro-morphological impact - river and canal channels, river and canal banks, different soil types to assess their susceptibility to erosion, sediment mobilisation and depositional patterns, navigational and engineering structures.

This review provides an overview of the findings, methodologies and mitigation strategies used elsewhere. It will inform a second stage of research involving field study at a later stage.

  • Published by: The Heritage Council
  • Author(s): J. Murphy, G. Morgan and O. Power
Survey of Irish Archives Collections

Survey of Irish Archives Collections

Museums, Archives & Cultural Heritage /

The aim of this survey was to capture significant data on the structure, scale and activity of the archives sector in Ireland in order to support the Heritage Council's formulation of policy for the sector.

The Museum and Archives Committee of the Heritage Council developed the questionnaire, with assistance from the Society of Archivists, Ireland, and the collection methodology involved a postal self-completion approach. A listing of approximately 212 Archives in Ireland was used and 130 Archives responded.

  • Published by: The Heritage Council
Ireland's Boating Heritage: Seminar Proceedings

Ireland's Boating Heritage: Seminar Proceedings

Heritage Tourism & Recreation Museums, Archives & Cultural Heritage Underwater & Maritime Heritage /

This publication provides the findings of the seminar and the individual presentations made.

In 2003 the Heritage Council became concerned about Irish boats, both inland and sea-going, as a neglected aspect of our heritage. To inform itself, the Council commissioned Reggie Goodbody to carry out a scoping study of the heritage boat sector. Arising from this study the Council

decided to host a seminar on Ireland’s boats in 2004, to which people involved in any aspect of inland and maritime boats were invited to attend.

  • Published by: The Heritage Council
Policy Framework for the Museum Sector

Policy Framework for the Museum Sector

Museums, Archives & Cultural Heritage /

This document presents a policy framework to facilitate the development of the museum sector in Ireland, based on the parallel development of the Standards and Accreditation Scheme and the Training Strategy.

The Museums Standards Programme for Ireland was established subsequent to the publication of this paper.

This programme, the first of its kind in the Republic of Ireland, sets out to improve all aspects of Ireland’s museum practice. A voluntary programme, it has attracted involvement from across the cultural spectrum - from national institutions to small, volunteer-led organisations.

  • Published by: The Heritage Council
Caring for Collections

Caring for Collections

Museums, Archives & Cultural Heritage /

This book interprets these familiar principles and practices within the context of caring for collections. Some of the main processes of deterioration are explained and measures to minimise further damage are suggested.

  • Published by: The Heritage Council
  • Author(s): Susan Corr