Camelids Exhibition Launch

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Exhibition Launch. From left: Ursula Monaghan (Education and Outreach Officer), Lorraine Grattan (Administrative Officer), Maureen Maguire (UNA-NI Committee Member), Thirza Mulder (Archivist), Ruth Taillon (UNA-NI Committee Member), the Very Revd Shane Forster (Keeper); Ken Abraham (Accreditation Mentor), Noreen Cunningham (former Museum Mentor), Carol Conlin (Assistant Keeper), and Judith Fawcett (UNA-NI Committee Member).

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Presentation. Noreen Cunningham was presented with flowers by the Library staff, who thanked her for her support while she was the Library’s Museum Mentor.

Seated from left, Noreen Cunningham and Ken Abraham, who is the newly appointed Accreditation Mentor.  Standing from left, Library staff members, Carol Conlin, Lorraine Grattan, the Very Revd Shane Forster, Thirza Mulder and Ursula Monaghan.

The Library’s current temporary exhibition, Camelids: Heroes of Deserts and Highlands : Nourishing People and Culture, was officially launched by the Library’s outgoing and incoming Accreditation Mentors, Ms Noreen Cunningham and Ken Abraham.

Ms Cunningham has served as the Library’s Museum Mentor for eight years and has given tremendous support to the Library, particularly with its retention of museum accreditation status. Dr Ken Abraham, currently the Curator of Newry and Mourne Museum, has been appointed the Library’s new Accreditation Mentor.

This is a very interesting exhibition, which vividly illustrates the wealth of information held within the Library. The exhibition will undoubtedly further stimulate interest in the Library’s collections by the visitor and researcher.

Noreen Cunningham

Through its fascinating and eclectic collection Armagh Robinson Library has a unique capacity to contribute to the study of numerous disciplines, and to the understanding of various nuances of human and natural history.

As the new Accreditation Mentor for the Library, I heartily congratulate the Library Staff on using their collection in such an imaginative way to support the United Nations International Year of Camelids. The manuscripts chosen significantly capture the important role of camelids in the development of many societies and cultures in World history.

Ken Abraham

It was a pleasure to welcome representatives from the United Nations Association Northern Ireland (UNA-NI), who thanked the Library for highlighting the UN International Year of Camelids.

In our new temporary exhibition we look at the history of the fascinating Camelid family in Western literary sources. The family includes dromedaries, wild Bactrian camels, Bactrian camels, guacanos, llamas, vicuñas, alpacas.

The exhibition coincides with the International Year of Camelids (IYC 2024), as declared by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

Camelids are key to the livelihoods of millions of households. Camelids contribute to food security, nutrition and economic growth as well as holding a strong cultural and social significance for communities across the world.

The exhibition will be on display in Armagh Robinson Library’s Long Room until the end of June 2024 during normal opening hours, Monday to Friday, 10.00am to 1.00pm and 2.00pm to 4.00pm.