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Documentation Discoveries

Find out about rare objects, exciting collections and unusual specimens discovered in the course of The Museum’s Inventory Project.


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Three legged skillet

Three legged skillet

November 09, 2016

Example of a nineteenth century metal skillet.

Inverted Swan Stamp... An Error that has become a Rarity

Inverted Swan Stamp... An Error that has become a Rarity

October 05, 2016

Very rare, 4 pence, first-issue Western Australian stamp known as the ‘inverted swan’, from the Duke of Leinster Collection.

A Collection of Fossils from Florissant, Colorado, USA

A Collection of Fossils from Florissant, Colorado, USA

September 07, 2016

An example of early twentieth century collecting practices.

Cleek used in Slaughter of Pigs

Cleek used in Slaughter of Pigs

August 24, 2016

Metal hook for moving pigs from sty to slaughter.

Lead-Bearing Minerals from Glendalough

Lead-Bearing Minerals from Glendalough

July 27, 2016

The First World War and the Wicklow lead mines.

Roman Samian Ware

Roman Samian Ware

June 29, 2016

From Lagore Crannog, Co. Meath.

All That Glitters is… Gold? – Three Satsuma Plates

All That Glitters is… Gold? – Three Satsuma Plates

June 01, 2016

Japanese hand-painted pottery with rich decoration in gold and brightly coloured enamels.

Penal Cross from County Galway

Penal Cross from County Galway

May 25, 2016

Penal cross featured in Joseph Bigger’s 1909 publication Irish Penal Crosses 1713-1781.

Arctic Drift-Wood

Arctic Drift-Wood

April 20, 2016

A memento from the 1875-6 British Arctic Expedition.

Cuneiform Tablets: the Genesis of Documentation

Cuneiform Tablets: the Genesis of Documentation

March 30, 2016

Today we compile inventories and record data on computers using database programs. Yet the origins of documentation date back about 5,000 years to the development of the cuneiform script in Mesopotamia.

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