Trinity to develop temporary exhibition during Old Library renovation 

Trinity is to proceed with plans for a temporary interim exhibition during the forthcoming renovation of its Old Library, a globally renowned cultural landmark.  

Subject to statutory constraints, the Board of Trinity has today approved a proposal to renovate the historic Printing House building to house the Book of Kells, which will remain on view to visitors, and to create a temporary exhibition in New Square, at the heart of its campus.

The temporary exhibition structure and Printing House renovation are due to be completed in 2023.  The interim exhibition will be an exciting, immersive and unique experience combining history with modern day technology.

Printing House: to be renovated

The decision follows consultation within the Trinity community. 

Trinity’s Bursar Eleanor Denny said: 

We are extremely grateful to everyone in Trinity who helped us arrive at this crucial decision. This innovative plan allows us to preserve public access to the Book of Kells, one of Ireland’s foremost cultural attractions as well as restoring one of the oldest landmark buildings on campus, the Printing House.

Trinity Provost Linda Doyle said:  

A process of careful consultation across College has led to today’s agreement on how to proceed with this plan. I want to thank those involved for their engagement. We believe this choice of location offers the best possible solution for our staff, students and future visitors to College.  

The creation of an interim exhibition is crucial to the feasibility of the Old Library Redevelopment Project. The Old Library project will advance research and teaching in the university in a new Research Collections Study Centre.  

A page from the Book of Kells

Librarian & College Archivist Helen Shenton said:   

Conserving and renewing the Old Library, a renowned centre of research used by students, researchers and international scholars, is a complex and important challenge. The project will be transformative in protecting this national treasure and will ensure the preservation of the building and collections for generations to come.  

The temporary exhibition project is subject to planning permission. Trinity will be inviting tenders for the supply and design of the new exhibition space in the coming months.  

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