#30 On Tour

Postcard of the Berkeley Library.

This is the last week of the Summer Vac here in Trinity, but the new students are on campus for Freshers’ Week – College is at its one of its fullest periods now, with the crossover of the last of the summer’s tourists taking tours of campus and the Book of Kells, and the new freshers being toured around campus by their peer mentors as part of the “Student2Student” programme.

The tours for visitors are run by our friends at Authenticity Tours and undertaken by students of the College. It’s probably true to say they don’t think quite as much of the Berkeley as we do, with more of an emphasis on the older parts of campus that tourists come to see. However, as our former colleague Trevor Peare explains, these tours aren’t new:

The Accessions and Admissions sections of the Library were located at the first window to the left of the Berkeley Loading bay in the 1970s. The windows gave a clear view across the cricket pitch to the Pav. and the Moyne Institute that housed (and still does) the College Department of Microbiology. The tours of Campus conducted by students during the summers would pause their groups just by the windows of the Berkeley before continuing on past the back of the Library onto Fellows’ Square. The script went along the following lines: “Over there, you can see the Moyne Institute for Microbiology – it was funded by Lord Moyne of the Guinness family. Do you know why it is called the ‘Moyne Instute’? The reason is because (adopting a stage Irish accent and appropriate action) ‘Moyne’s [mine’s] a Guinness!'”

All very amusing the first time you hear it, but not after five or six times a day, every day! We had to ask the tours to stand a little further away from our window on a regular basis.

The Moyne

*Not* something we’ve heard recently. Our regularly readers will know of the Berkeley’s own Guinness connection in the form of the Iveagh Hall. 

#29 The Swing of the Sixties (and Seventies)

I believe that 20th Century Art is at the beginning of a tremendous revelation about vision and light…
Peter Sedgley, 1970

For our past few posts we’ve concentrated on the Exhibition Hall, formerly in the Berkeley’s basement before moving to the newly constructed Arts Building in 1978. We’ve one final post to make on a particular artist that featured in that space – Peter Sedgley.

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#27 On Display

In our last post, we gave one recollection of visiting the Exhibition Hall in the basement of the New Library (and for the entirety of the Exhibition Hall’s time here, it was the New, rather than the Berkeley, Library). Today, we feature some of the programmes that accompanied the displays – these are all catalogued, and available to order and consult via Stella Search. In our next post we’ll show you a sequence of photos of one exhibition in situ. Continue reading “#27 On Display”

#26 Hall of Fame…

This week we feature another guest post from a member of staff, this time from our Map Librarian, Paul Ferguson. When Paul said he’d write a piece on the former Exhibition Hall, we *knew* he was too young to have seen it as a member of staff, but this explains how he did – he was still at school at the time!

Main image of Paul Henry from ‘Paul Henry 1876-1958’ exhibition catalogue.

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#25 Popcorn for a Prime Minister

We’ve already mentioned the promotional film Building for Books. Our colleagues in the Manuscripts & Archives Research Library were able to unearth the following clippings relating to it.

The Irish Tatler & Sketch – a publication the young people of today are probably unfamiliar with, but which can still be found in newsagents as the Irish Tatler – featured the premiere of Building for Books which took place in the Savoy Cinema in O’Connell Street. Prominently at said showing is the then-Taoiseach, later President, Éamon de Valera.


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#24 Silence is Requested

Following on from the overview of Silence is Requested last week, we go into more detail this time.

The then Drama Subject Librarian, Clíona Ní Shúilleabháin, has written the below to give a flavour of how one person might experience the production. Over to you Clíona:

The ‘audience’ gathers in the Berkeley Foyer, (the audience numbers around six people in total for each performance).

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