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.
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.
We are delighted to announce that we are now open for grant applications. The theme this year is conservation and management of our heritage i.e. buildings, heritage structures, objects, collections and wildlife sites[more]
In 2015, the Heritage Council offered grant assistance to the value of €547,000 to 197 fantastic heritage projects around the country. We've highlighted just 10 of those projects below to give you a flavour of the diverse work...[more]
The Irish Museums Association (IMA) would like to invite members and professionals working in museums, galleries and cultural sector to present short papers, of 15 minutes duration, at the IMA Annual Conference in Dublin, 26-28...[more]
Seven of Ireland’s museums were today recognised for high standards of management, care of collections and visitor services, by the Heritage Council under its Museum Standards Programme for Ireland (MSPI). [more]
Sligo County Council, together with the County Sligo Heritage Forum, is preparing the third Heritage Plan for Sligo and is seeking your views on the key priorities and opportunities for Sligo’s heritage over the next five years.[more]
The National Folklore Foundation, a new UCD spin-out company with charitable status, has been set up to preserve, protect and promote Ireland’s National Folklore Collection at University College Dublin.[more]
The Digital Repository of Ireland has opened a call for expressions of interest from custodians of heritage material relating to the Decade of Centenaries who wish to digitally preserve their holdings. [more]
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.[more]
Over the next eight days, over 400,000 people are expected to take part in National Heritage Week which runs from Saturday 23rd August until Sunday 31st August. This year a new record with over 1800 events are due to take place.[more]
The European Commission's Directorate General for Enterprise and Industry has launched a call for proposals on the themes of “Cooperation projects to support transnational tourism based on European cultural and industrial...[more]
Museums dealing with technical and industrial history, political and social history of the XX century, science and environmental issues are invited to take part into this program unique in Europe. [more]
2014 marks the UN 20th Anniversary of the International Year of the Family. The theme for National Heritage Week 2014 is 'generations exploring heritage together’. Find out more about what events are happening in your area.[more]
Seven museums received recognition for high standards in the management of the museum, care of collections and visitor services under the Museum Standards Programme for Ireland (MSPI) awards ceremony held on Wednesday 2 July. [more]
Waddell Media who produce RTE's " At Your Service" are looking for tourism businesses such as museums, folk parks, heritage centres, community projects, heritage sites, souvenir shops, craft centres etc to feature in the next...[more]
The Heritage Council intends to allocate €700,000 to its Heritage Management Scheme in to support projects that apply good heritage practice to the management of places, collections or objects (including buildings).[more]
100 great stories about Offaly's Heritage. Did you know? . . one of Ireland’s last public hangings took place at Tullamore Gaol . . Croghan Hill is a volcano . . .a U.S. president is descended from a Moneygall shoemaker. Read...[more]
Ireland’s first crowd-sourced humanities project, The Letters of 1916: Creating History, aims to create a large scale digital collection of letters written for the six months before and after the Easter Rising. [more]
In the year of The Gathering, people are encouraged to get involved in National Heritage Week 2013 by organising an event in their community and showcase their local natural and cultural heritage[more]
Congratulations to the Old Library in Trinity College Dublin; Pearse Museum OPW in St. Enda’s Park Rathfarnham; and Castletown House OPW in Co. Kildare who were today awarded full accreditation by the Heritage Council under the...[more]
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.
Conservation Internship Programme The Heritage Council's annual Conservation Internship Programme is run in partnership with the Chester Beatty Library; the National Gallery of Ireland; the National Library of Ireland (NLI); and the Old Library, Trinity College Dublin (TCD).