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

Call for Expressions of Interest for the Museum Standards Programme for Ireland

The Museum Standards Programme is making a call for expressions of interest as a first step for an institution considering applying for eligibility to join at a future date.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Castletown Lecture Series

Castletown House, Co Kildare- Monthly evening lectures will take place from March- October at Castletown.

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.