Museums & Archive

Collections of diverse objects such as books, coins, vintage cars, boats and farm machinery provide a link with our past. The preservation of such collections is an important part our Museums and Archive work.

Welcome to Museums & Archives

The Heritage Council provides policy advice to Government and cultural institutions in relation to museums, archives and collections housing 'heritage objects', defined by the Heritage Act, 1995 [PDF 96KB] as objects over 25 years old which are works of art or of industry (including books, documents and other records, including genealogical records) of cultural importance. We promote the collection, preservation, management, interpretation, presentation and development of Ireland's cultural and material heritage, and seek to strengthen provisions for such material heritage through the development of strategies supporting museum, archive and conservation practices.


LATEST NEWS

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys pictured with the Chairs and Directors of the National Cultural Institutions.

Minister Humphreys meets Cultural Heads - National Cultural Policy a Priority

As culture night was getting in to full swing, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys met with the Chairpersons and Directors of the 11 Cultural Institutions under her aegis.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Roman Forum

Irish Museums Association (IMA) Forum: Industrial and Working Collections

6th October, Dublin- Nine speakers will present short (15-min) presentations, selected through an open call for papers, and will cover a range of topics relating to our Industrial Heritage Collections, such as Custodianship,...

FEATURED INITIATIVE

Museums Standards Programme for Ireland
This important initiative, with participants from a wide range of Irish collecting institutions, sets out to raise standards of care across Irish museums and galleries.

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

Universal Declaration on Archives (2011)

The Declaration is an important step in improving understanding and awareness of archives among the general public and key decision-makers. It is a powerful, succinct statement of the relevance of archives in modern society.