Sir Alfred Chester Beatty signing the roll of freemen of the City of Dublin at the Mansion House, with Lord Mayor Robert Briscoe and  JJ Rowe, clerk to the city council. Photograph: Jack McManus2

The closest most of us get to a ceremonial signing nowadays is that awful scribbly thing you have to do on the postman’s electronic device when he del(...)

Miniature Masterpiece: The Coëtivy Hours offers an unprecedented opportunity to see one of the acknowledged masterpieces of illuminated manuscrip(...)

The commemorative stamps.

On January 19th, 1968 Sir Alfred Chester Beatty died at the age of 92 in Monaco. This American-born, British knight of the realm became the first priv(...)

Kristine Rose Beers, working on a mid-16th century Qur’an produced by the master artist Ruzbihan. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

There are few places where sticky goop made from fish meets mass spectrometry, other than in the conservation unit of a museum. The old and the new(...)

No matter how many times you have visited the eclectic treasure chest of superb exhibits at the Chester Beatty library in Dublin, it’s certain you (...)

The Arts Council presenting to the millionaire Sir Alfred Chester Beatty a great portrait of himself in 1954. Photograph: Dermot Barry

Published: October 1st 1954Photograph by Dermot Barry (...)

Revelation 11: 19, 12: 1-6 (P47): The Book of Revelation  c. AD250-300 © The Trustees of the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin

The Chester Beatty Library in Dublin Castle has some of the finest treasures of the great cultures and religions of the world, given to the Iri(...)