Heritage hot spots History, nature, art, environment

Sat, Oct 27, 2012, 01:00

MARSH’S LIBRARY What is it?Marsh’s Library, on St Patrick’s Close in Dublin, is Ireland’s oldest public library. Modelled in the style of the college libraries of Oxford and Cambridge, it was designed by William Robinson for Archbishop Narcissus Marsh in 1701.

Why visit?With 30,000 rare and early printed books, it offers a fascinating insight into the world of a bibliophile. “There is a sense that Archbishop Marsh was trying to stock all the knowledge that one needed to know in the early 18th century,” says Dr Jason McElligott, keeper of Marsh’s Library.

The four main collections of books about science, music, history, politics, law, literature, medicine and travel, among other subjects, attract researchers from all over the world. The books are still catalogued and sitting in their original dark oak cases. You can see the original cages in which readers were locked while they used valuable books.

The library is also in charge of nearby Delmas Conservation Bindery, which conserves early printed books, manuscripts, fine art on paper and archival material. Children’s bookbinding workshops are held at various times throughout the year.

Why now?Marsh’s Library is participating in the Bram Stoker Festival in Dublin this weekend. Today and tomorrow there will be an interactive audio retelling of Stoker’s short story The Judge’s Houses by the Performance Corporation. Check out bramstokerfestival.comfor more details of gothic tales in the crypt of nearby Christ Church and street-theatre performances in Dublin Castle. The Dublin City of Science exhibition Marvels of Science: Books That Changed the World is also on show at Marsh’s Library until April next year.

How do I get there?Marsh’s Library is to the side of St Patrick’s Cathedral, in Dublin 8. It’s a five-minute walk from Christ Church or Dublin Castle, exiting from the gate next to the Chester Beatty Library. It is open from 9.30am to 1pm and from 2pm to 5pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and from 10am to 1pm on Saturdays. Admission costs €2.50 for adults and €1.50 for students and senior citizens; children go free. Guided tours are available for schoolchildren and other groups. Call 01- 4543511 or see marshlibrary.ie.

Sign In

Forgot Password?

Sign Up

The name that will appear beside your comments.

Have an account? Sign In

Forgot Password?

Please enter your email address so we can send you a link to reset your password.

Sign In or Sign Up

Thank you

You should receive instructions for resetting your password. When you have reset your password, you can Sign In.

Hello, .

Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.

Thank you for registering. Please check your email to verify your account.

We reserve the right to remove any content at any time from this Community, including without limitation if it violates the Community Standards. We ask that you report content that you in good faith believe violates the above rules by clicking the Flag link next to the offending comment or by filling out this form. New comments are only accepted for 3 days from the date of publication.