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.


Museums Recognised for High Standards of Management, Care of Collections and Visitor Services

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).


There’s a Credit Crunch, Not a Creative Crunch, Aida Wild, 2011 London, © Victoria and Albert Museum, London/Aida Wild

A World to Win

To celebrate the year of design, Irish Design 2015 and the National Print Museum host the Irish debut A World to Win, Posters of Protest and Revolution, an exhibition organised by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.


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.


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