Find out about rare objects, exciting collections and unusual specimens discovered in the course of The Museum’s Inventory Project.
November 11, 2014
The bittern was a common bird in Ireland until the mid-19th century. It used to live here all year round but is a rare winter visitor nowadays.
July 23, 2014
A ceremonial drinking vessel with body and handles crafted from one piece of wood.
June 25, 2014
The elephant bird is an extinct species of large flightless bird, which once inhabited the island of Madagascar.
June 11, 2014
A 19th century Flax Clove, known in Irish as a Tlú Lín.
June 04, 2014
A late 17th Century harp, stated to have belonged to Turlough O’Carolan, the Irish Bard.
May 26, 2014
What can one small object tell us about status and industry in prehistoric society?
May 21, 2014
A beautifully preserved fossil crinoid dating from the Silurian period, approximately 443 to 416 million years ago.
May 03, 2014
A look at two simple tin objects made by Mickey Doherty in the 1950s, a well-known Donegal traveller and musician.
April 15, 2014
A richly illustrated deck of Italian Tarot cards, made in the 19th century.
April 08, 2014
A piece of sandstone from Scrabo, Co. Down, and the vanished world it represents.