Tuesday, 1st August 2017
National Library and National Museum to mark 140th anniversary with a joint programme of family-friendly activities
The National Library of Ireland (NLI) and National Museum of Ireland (NMI) have today (01.08.17) announced that they will host a joint programme of family-friendly activities on Saturday, 12th August to mark the 140th anniversary of their founding legislation.
Both institutions were established under the 1877 Dublin Science and Art Museum Act. To celebrate 140 years of collecting and preserving, interpreting and displaying the national collections, the NLI and the NMI will host the following special events:
Speaking about the Library’s birthday event, Head of Outreach at the National Library of Ireland, Katherine McSharry, said: “We’re really looking forward to celebrating the rich and wonderful history of the National Library with our visitors. Over the last 140 years, the Library has held a special place in the fabric of Irish life and, as we are embarking on a major redevelopment of our main building, this is a celebration both of our past and our future. We’re delighted to join with our Kildare Street neighbours, the National Museum, to welcome everyone to celebrate with us.”
Director of the National Museum of Ireland, Raghnall Ó Floinn, said: “For the past 140 years, promoting Ireland’s distinctive culture and history and its place in the world has been at the heart of our work. We aim to put people at the centre of all we do and would like to celebrate our birthday with an open day for people of all ages. We encourage everybody to stop by both the Museum and the Library on 12th August to enjoy our programme of events and help us celebrate 140 years of memories.”
Further information about the NLI birthday event is available at: www.nli.ie. Further information about the NMI anniversary event is available at:
Contact: Louise Archbold, DHR Communications, Tel: 01-4200580 / 087-2601145
Note to Editors
About the Library: The mission of the National Library of Ireland (NLI) is to collect, preserve, promote and make accessible the documentary and intellectual record of the life of Ireland and to contribute to the provision of access to the larger universe of recorded knowledge. It is open, free of charge, to all those who wish to consult the collections. The Office of the Chief Herald in Kildare Street and the National Photographic Archive in Temple Bar are both part of the National Library. Further information is available at www.nli.ie. Follow the NLI on Twitter @NLIreland, Facebook National Library of Ireland, Flickr on the Commons and Vimeo.
About the Museum: The National Museum of Ireland holds its collections in trust for the nation with a unique responsibility for the rich material culture of Ireland and its peoples and the natural history of our island. Our mission is to care for, manage and interpret the collections we hold in trust and make them accessible to everyone for inspiration, learning and enjoyment. We have 4 sites: