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Book of Kells Conservation Notice

October 15, 2019

As part of ongoing conservation and preservation plans for the Old Library, the Book of Kells will be removed from public display from November 2019 to early March 2020.

Housed within the Old Library at Trinity College Dublin, the display area for the precious 9th century precious manuscript is undergoing necessary works which will require the removal of the Book of Kells during this time. It will return to public display in March 2020.

A full colour replica of the Book of Kells will be available to view in the Trinity’s Long Room library, one of the world’s most beautiful libraries, which houses over 250,000 early printed books and over 20,000 named collections of manuscripts and archives.

The Long Room also features the Brian Boru Harp, Ireland’s oldest surviving harp and the model for the insignia of Ireland, and a rare original copy of the Proclamation of the Irish Republic, a seminal text in Irish history which influenced the foundation of the Irish Republic as a Sovereign Independent State.

Located in Trinity College Dublin, the Book of Kells has become a centrepiece of the institution’s ambitious new fundraising campaign, Inspiring Generations. The campaign will enable a critical redevelopment of the Old Library, including structural upgrades and digitisation of its collection.

Admission prices will be discounted by 15% during this time:

We apologise for any inconvenience caused and thank you for your patience at this time.

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