Conservation of Collection, Kells Printing Works, Co Meath 2020

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Conservation of 32 posters from 1920s to 1980s and wooden furniture and woodblock used in the printing process.

Grant Scheme: Community Heritage Grant Scheme 2020
Ref. Number: CH09768
Organisation: Kells TypeTrail
Award: €7,500

Susan Corr, paper conservator specialist, has undertaken conservation work on 32 posters and Sven Habermann of Conservation Letterfrack has treated recently acquired wooden furniture and woodblock used in the printing process. The posters provide a fascinating social record dating from 1920s to the 80s and some of the State's earliest election posters are also included, the work was all done by hand, by master printers.

Kells is renowned for its association with lettering and visual language through the Book of Kells. This was continued through the Victorian era with the first printing of the Meath Chronicle on these presses in the 19th Century. The social and commercial history of Kells and Meath is witnessed through the extensive paper archive.

Susan Corr, paper conservation specialist also provided a 21minute video of the conservation process, viewable below.