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

Sign language Interpretation on tablets at OPW Heritage Sites

Minister Harris announced on Saturday January 31st that the OPW is developing a new service for providing sign language interpretation on tablets at OPW Heritage Sites.

UPCOMING EVENTS

European Museum of the Year Award 2015

13-16 May, Glasgow- The European Museum of the Year Award (EMYA) event will take place in Glasgow, Scotland, from Wednesday 13th to Saturday 16th May 2015.

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

Leaflet: Irish Lace

Lace was first produced in Ireland from the 1730s. It was a highly skilled and very delicate craft. It was worn by the wealthiest women across Europe, yet produced by some of the poorest women in Ireland