Conserving the Past, Training for the Future, Chester Beatty Library, Dublin (Symposium)

Posted: Monday, 04 June 2018

The Chester Beatty Library is holding a one-day symposium celebrating the conservation internships at the Chester Beatty on Friday 8 June 2018 (10:30am - 4pm).

The central theme for the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 in Ireland is Make a Connection and this event has been organised as a direct response.

The Chester Beatty has a dedicated Department that specialises in book and paper conservation. By repairing and stabilising the collections in our care, conservators ensure they can be researched, displayed and preserved for future generations. In 2005, an internship programme was established to train and mentor newly-graduated conservators; since its conception the scheme has been generously funded by the Heritage Council and the Chester Beatty Patrons.

Internships highlight the significance of collaboration, cross-generational skills-sharing and international networks, which are all hallmarks of the conservation profession today. This public event will highlight the positive influence the Heritage Council's scheme has had on the conservation profession's network in Ireland, across Europe and beyond.

For this symposium we have invited five of our alumni to return and present insights into the impact the internship has had on their career and the new challenges they face caring for collections of leading international institutions.

Click here for the full programme and to book a place to attend.