T. M. Ray (1801 – 1881) was active in the 19th century Irish nationalist movement and also left his mark on the collections of the National Museum.
In the course of the Inventory Project a starfish from a Norwegian fjord was catalogued.
A nineteenth century foundry cast bell from Sheridan’s Foundry, Dublin.
A late Renaissance wrought iron Sienese dragon in the National Museum of Ireland.
This Japanese wood-block print by Katsushika Hokusai entitled: The Suspension Bridge on the border of Hida and Etchu Provinces (NMIDB:1933.84) is one of eleven prints from the landscape series Views of Famous Bridges in Various Providences (1827 – 1830).
King Edward VII gave this animal to Dublin Zoo.
This subspecies of lion is now on the brink of extinction.
The inventory team documented a pair of season tickets to The Cork International Exhibition which was held in 1902, attracting exhibits from all over the world and almost 2 million visitors.
Unexpected discovery of Late Roman amphora sherds amongst the excavated material in the crypt of the National Museum.
Could two c. 2,500-year-old Egyptian alabastra have been found in an Iron Age ringfort?
A great meat-eater’s skull from the distant East Indies…
The history of the Regular Operative Slaters of Dublin and its ornate banners
This James II ‘Gunmoney’ half-crown represents an emergency coinage made from base metal in 17th century Ireland.
This tool was used in the past to extract teeth in the late medieval period.
This object was brought back from Fiji by Arthur Mahaffy and was catalogued in the course of documenting the Museum’s Ethnographical collections in 2004.
A collection of photographs show the life of Irish prisoners in an internment camp in 1921.
A skull was excavated in Castlepook Cave, near Doneraile, Co. Cork, the only place in Ireland where remains of spotted hyena have been found to this day.
An interesting example of a three-legged Irish chair (the ‘Tuam chair’), common in Connaught over 100 years ago, was catalogued in the Irish Folklife Division.
A loggerhead turtle (one of the largest hard-shelled turtle species in the world) specimen discovered in Donegal in the 19th century.
A 19th century birch rod used in prisons to discipline male prisoners has been documented in the Irish Folklife collections.
A strap tag made of bronze was discovered in Wexford that generated interest as it was inscribed, not in English or Irish, as one might expect, but in Old French.
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