Documentation Discoveries

documentation teams working on the collections
Find out about rare objects, exciting collections and unusual specimens discovered in the course of the museum’s Five Year Inventory Project. 
Impressions on An Ancient Shore

A piece of sandstone from Scrabo, Co. Down, and the vanished world it represents.

Trabolgan Stone Head
A Face from the Past

A Possible Iron Age Anthropomorphic Stone Carving from Trabolgan, Co. Cork

Silver Hoard
A silver hoard and the "Tara" Brooch: the discrepancy over their findplace

The story of how a hoard of silver jewellery became associated with the “Tara” brooch is a curious one.

Apple snail from Paraguay
An Apple Snail from Paraguay

This apple snail was collected in Paraguay in the 19th century.

Two half moulds and maker's stamp
Two Half Moulds for ’Derry’ Clay Pipe

The nineteenth century clay pipe business of the McGuigan family of Broughderg, Co. Tyrone.

Printing Press Shooter – Printing the Proclamation of Independence

A small, inscribed brass ‘shooter’ was used to lock the type on the press used to print the Irish Proclamation of Independence.

Glass Crop Bead
Glass Cable Beads from Co. Antrim

A collection of unique and beautiful Irish beads from one of Ireland’s most prolific collectors.

Giant clam
A Giant Clam from Singapore

The Fluted Giant Clam was once an abundant and essential resource for Pacific Islanders.

Patchwork quilt
Patchwork Quilt Cover

A patchwork quilt cover in a style known as “Grandmother’s Flower Garden” made by Evelyn M. Booth, a notable amateur botanist and naturalist.

Corinthian helmet
Corinthian Helmet 7th-6th Century BC

This Corinthian helmet was beaten from a single sheet of bronze in ancient Greece.

Miss Gwendoline Stacpoole with Miss Primrose Neville
Miss Gwendoline Clare Stacpoole: An Unsung Heroine of Irish Archaeology

Celebrating the contribution to Irish archaeology of one of its unsung heroines, Miss Gwendoline Clare Stacpoole.

Plaster cast of Moa bird's skull
An Extinct Moa Bird from New Zealand

Fossil of a very large, flightless bird, native to New Zealand and made extinct about 600 years ago.

Diptych Sundial
Diptych Sundial

A diptych sundial from Co. Monaghan, dated 1839

Tobacco box
The Dutchman’s Log Box

Perpetual calendar and speed chart engraved on tobacco box, dated 1729.

Kilkenny Cathedral's stained glass
Medieval Painted Glass from St Canice’s Cathedral, Co. Kilkenny

A collection of painted and stained glass fragments has helped piece together the remains of a shattered history and a lost museum.

Jane Stephens
Jane Stephens, 1879-1959: Naturalist and Museum Worker

Rebecca O’Neill traces the remarkable career of Jane Stephens, one of Ireland's pioneer female scientists.

Close up of a razor
Two Razors and Case

Joanne Hamilton tells the story behind a pair of identical bone-handled cut throat razors, made in Clonmel and reportedly the possession of Hugh Hamill, a 1798 rebel.

Ivory Tau Crozier
Two Tau Croziers: Coptic or Armenian?

Sharon Weadick examines two tau croziers, unique in the National Museum’s collection and recorded as Coptic in origin.

Stargazer from Indonesia, of a new species discovered during the Challenger Expedition
Zoological Specimens from the Challenger Expedition 1872-1876

Sylviane Vaucheret introduces specimens collected during the voyage of HMS Challenger, an expedition often considered the origin of modern oceanography.

Print depicting scenes of travel by Bianconi car in 1856 - Dropping a Passenger
Bianconi Pre-Rail Travel in Nineteenth Century Ireland

Set of six prints depicting scenes of travel by Bianconi car in mid-19th century Ireland

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