250th | Living History for the Library’s 250th Anniversary

This film celebrates the 250th anniversary of Armagh Robinson Library with the help of living history actor, Isaac Beattie. Isaac, taking on the role of ‘Captain Richardson’, re-enacts Georgian life in Armagh at the time of the Library’s founder, Archbishop Richard Robinson.

He visits Armagh Robinson Library where he views a census of Armagh dating from 1770, original architectural drawings of the Library by Thomas Cooley, and a silver medal struck to commemorate the opening of the Library in 1771. Afterwards he visits the Library’s second building which is located nearby at No 5 Vicars’ Hill.

When it was originally built in 1772 No 5 Vicars’ Hill was the Registry Office for the Diocese of Armagh. The Registry Officer shows some of the items on display in No 5, including a portrait of Archbishop Richard Robinson and some examples of prints from Robinson’s collection.

This film, funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, is the final in a series of films designed to engage audiences during the closure of the Library and No 5 during the COVID-19 pandemic.