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.


Athy Heritage Centre Museum: Full Accreditation-Margaret Walsh, Sinead Cullen with Conor Newman, Chairman, The Heritage Council.Castletown House, OPW: Full Accreditation-Commissioner John McMahon and Claire Hickeywith Conor Newman, Chairman, The Heritage CouncilCounty Museum, Dundalk: Full Accreditation: Brian Walsh and Councillor Paul Bell, Cathaorleach, Co. Louth with Conor Newman, Chairman, The Heritage CouncilDonegal County Museum: Full Accreditation: Councillor Terence Slowey, Cathaoirleach Donegal County Council and Judith McCarthy with Conor Newman, Chairman, The Heritage CouncilFota House, Irish Heritage Trust: Full Accreditation- Victoria Browne, Stephen Williams with Conor Newman, Chairman, The Heritage CouncilIrish Agricultural Museum: Interim Accreditation- Peter Miller and Matt Wheeler with Conor Newman, Chairman, The Heritage CouncilMichael Davitt Museum: Interim Accreditation- Nancy Smyth and Yvonne Corcoran Loftus with Conor Newman, Chairman, The Heritage CouncilOld Library, Trinity College Dublin: Full Accreditation- Susie Bioletti and Anne-Marie Diffley with Conor Newman, Chairman, The Heritage CouncilPearse Museum, OPW: Commissioner John McMahon and Brian Crowley with Conor Newman, Chairman, The Heritage Council

Museums Awarded for High Standards in Collections Care and Management

9 Museums awarded accreditation under the Heritage Council's Museum Standards Programme (MSPI).[more]

County Museum Dundalk counts down to Easter Rising centenary with interactive website

The County Museum, Dundalk is inviting students and anyone with an interest in Irish history to take a different look at the Easter Rising, through its interactive countdown resource, now available on [more]

Why funding for the arts and heritage must extend beyond 2016

Our cultural heritage is priceless. We must protect it and invest in it in new and imaginative ways. [more]

The Heritage Council will support 70 full-time jobs this year, and operate grants scheme to support local community groups

The Heritage Council will support about 70 full-time jobs in 2016 through its range of heritage programmes around the country.[more]

New Local Authority Museums Network Strategy Launched

The Local Authority Museums Network (LAMN) represents the 12 Local Authority Museums across Ireland, which play a vital role in the social, cultural and economic life of regions across Ireland.


Call for Papers for the Irish Museums Association Annual Conference

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]

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). [more]

Results of Research on Heritage Awareness Released

Research carried out by Behaviour and Attitudes last month on behalf of the Heritage Council had some good news about people’s interest in and involvement in heritage locally. [more]

Failte Ireland launch Ancient Spaces Capital Grants Scheme

Failte Irelands Ancient Spaces Capital Grants Scheme to encourage the development of compelling visitor experiences throughout the Ireland’s Ancient East region. [more]

Winners of the European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards 2015 Announced

The winners of the European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards 2015 were celebrated on 11 June during a high-profile event at Oslo City Hall.[more]

Our Heritage Attracts 90% of tourists

Heritage is an important factor for the majority of the tourists who chose to holiday here.[more]

Register Your Event for Heritage Week

Register your event by 7th June for inclusion in our National Heritage Week Guide. [more]

The Heritage Council lobbies TDs and Senators for Greater Financial Support for Local Heritage Projects

On Wednesday 13th May,an Oireachtas Information Day was held for TDs and Senators from all over the country. [more]

Michaels own grandmother, Jane Fortune, and her dresser Wexford (2012)

Seeking Households with Traditional Dressers

Artist Michael Fortune is currently seeking households with traditional dressers in Counties Tipperary, Carlow, Waterford and Mayo.[more]

CBH05296, West Cork Maritime Heritage Company have been awarded €3,500 for restoration of the only known sand boat in Ireland.

Heritage Council announces funding for 197 heritage projects nationwide

Our Community-based Heritage Grants Scheme supports the continuing conservation and development of Irish heritage through local community based groups[more]

Event registration for National Heritage Week 2015 is now open!

Ready, steady, go! Event registration for National Heritage Week 2015 is now open. [more]

County Sligo Heritage Plan 2016-2020 Have Your Say in the Future of our Heritage!

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]

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.[more]

New Foundation Aims to Protect and Preserve Irish Folklore Heritage

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]

Heritage Council Staff with Heather Humprhreys, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and John-Paul Phelan, TD.

Heritage Council Opens its Community Grant Scheme 2015

The Heritage Council intends to allocate the sum of €600,000 to its Community-based Heritage Grants Scheme in 2015.[more]

New Heritage Officer for County Leitrim

Aoife Mulacahy has been appointed Heritage Officer for County Leitrim. [more]

Call for Expressions of Interest for the Decade of Centenaries Digital Preservation Award

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]

Ireland’s Industrial and Design Heritage is the Theme for National Heritage Week 2015

National Heritage Week is a part of European Heritage Days celebrated across Europe. In 2015 23 countries have agreed to come together to share a common theme industrial and design heritage.[more]

National Libary to make its entire collection of Catholic Parish Microfilm Registers Available Online

The National Library have just announced that they will make their entire collection of Catholic parish register microfilms available online — for free — by summer 2015. [more]

Heritage Council Seeks Sponsor for National Heritage Week

Would you like to sponsor the largest cultural event in Ireland with almost 1000 organisations and individuals involved in hosting 1800 unique events over 9 days?[more]

Museums make you happier and less lonely, studies find

Recent studies have found the visiting museums makes you happier and less lonely![more]

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.[more]

National Heritage Week kicks off This Weekend

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]

Call for Submissions to Support Cooperation projects on Transnational Tourism based on European cultural and industrial heritage”

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]

European Museum Academy and the Micheletti Foundation have launched the 20th edition of the Micheletti Award scheme

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]

Medieval Waterford- Above and Below Ground

Archaeologist Dave Pollack has now created the start of a wonderfully illustrated and accessible series of booklets with the recent publication of Medieval Waterford- Above and Below Ground.[more]

Generations encouraged to explore Heritage Together during Heritage Week 2014

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]

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.[more]

The Hunt Museum receiving their Accreditation Certificate presented by Conor Newman, Chairperson of The Heritage Council

Seven Irish Museums receive recognition for high standards under the ‘Heritage Council Museum Standards Programme for Ireland’

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]

Famine Memorial Dublin

Why We Commemorate Events

An address by Helen O Carroll, Curator of the Kerry County Museum, on the nature of commemoration and why we commemorate events. [more]

National Print Museum

Call for Papers for IMA Forum: Education & Outreach

Irish Museums Association have issued a call for papers for their forthcoming IMA Forum:Education and Outreach on Friday 27th June in Dublin. [more]

RTE's " At Your Service" seek tourism businesses for New Series

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]

First calls for proposals published under Creative Europe — opportunities for the Heritage sector

Organisations with a legal identity who are active in the cultural and creative sectors can apply in conjunction with partner organisations from eligible countries for project grants.[more]

Ireland's Memorial Records Website lanched

The new archive, ‘Ireland’s Memorial Records’, lists 49,000 soldiers from the island of Ireland who died during the First World War or as a result of wounds sustained during battle. [more]

The Heritage Council Opens its Grant Programme 2014

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]

Proposals Sought for Enhancing Visitor Experiences at OPW Sites

Proposals are invited from companies to provide enhanced visitor experiences at OPW sites nationwide.[more]

100 Stories about County Offaly

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]

Call for Papers for the Irish Museums Association Annual Conference in February 2014

The IMA have issued a call for papers for the IMA Annual Conference in Waterford, on Friday 21 February 2014. The overall theme is 'Museums and Memory: Challenging Histories'. [more]

Seeking old family letters and photographs to create a new digital archive detailing ordinary life in Ireland 1916.

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]

Heritage Award for St John's Parish Heritage Group at Tidy Towns Awards 2013

St John's Parish Heritage group, Co. Roscommon won the Heritage Award for their work on the Rindoon Project as part of the Tidy Towns Awards.[more]

National Heritage Week 2013 set to reach record total with 1700 events nationwide

National Heritage Week 2013 which takes place nationwide from 17th — 25th August 2013, looks set to reach a record total of 1700 events this year, the majority of which will be FREE to attend[more]

Eleven of Ireland’s Museums recognised for high standards under Heritage Council’s Museum Standards Programme for Ireland

Eleven of Ireland’s museums were today recognised for high standards in the management of the museum, care of collections and visitor services under the Museum Standards Programme for Ireland. [more]

UCD launch Distance Learning courses on World Heritage Conservation

The Graduate Diploma and Graduate Certificate in World Heritage Conservation are part-time, online, distance learning courses.[more]

News in Ireland 100 Year Ago

The Century Ireland project is an online historical newspaper that tells the story of the events of Irish life a century ago. It's published on a fortnightly basis, beginning in May 2013.[more]

New Heritage Plan for County Monaghan

A new Heritage Plan for County Monaghan by Monaghan County Council was launched recently by Conor Newman, Heritage Council Chairman and Monaghan Mayor Cllr. Hugh McElvaney.[more]

Online Event Registration- Now open for Heritage Week

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]

MSPI - 3 Additional Museums Receive Full Accreditation

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]

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Seditious Types, Legacy of the Printers of 1916

May-September, Dublin- The exhibition will explore the role of printers active in 1916 and the central role of printed media in shaping the image and meaning of the Rising.[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).


Heritage Manifesto: A Strategic Investment Programme for People and Place

Do you support community based heritage, education and training?  Want to see more government  investment and capacity in the sector? This document has some ideas you can help us to promote in the coming weeks and...[more]