Find out about rare objects, exciting collections and unusual specimens discovered in the course of The Museum’s Inventory Project.
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.
April 01, 2014
A possible Iron Age anthropomorphic stone carving from Trabolgan, Co. Cork
March 29, 2014
The story of how a hoard of silver jewellery became associated with the “Tara” brooch is a curious one.
March 22, 2014
This apple snail was collected in Paraguay in the 19th century.
March 15, 2014
The nineteenth century clay pipe business of the McGuigan family of Broughderg, Co. Tyrone.
March 08, 2014
This small brass ‘shooter’ was used to lock the type on the press used to print the Proclamation of Independence. It is inscribed “C Brady”, one of the printers.
March 01, 2014
A collection of unique and beautiful Irish beads from one of Ireland’s most prolific collectors.
February 22, 2014
The Fluted Giant Clam - Tridacna squamosal - was once an abundant feature of the Indo-Pacific region and an essential resource for Pacific Islanders, but it was also historically revered as a ‘killer clam’. Sadly, today these clams have been reduced to cripplingly low numbers in the wild by human activity.