Exhibition – A Spotlight on the Beresford Collection : Rediscovering Treasures from the Prehistoric to the Medieval
Wednesday, April 27, 2022 – Friday, July 29, 2022
Marcus Gervais Beresford (1801–1885) was born in Dublin into an affluent family. He was ordained, and served, in the Church of Ireland, and was appointed Archbishop of Armagh in 1862.
He was a keen collector of antiquities dating from the prehistoric to medieval times.
His son, George de la Poer Beresford, bequeathed his father’s collection to the Library after the Archbishop’s death in 1885. The collection is on display, both in the original cabinets in the Long Room, and in No 5 Vicars’ Hill.
This exhibition shows an eclectic mixture of artefacts together with some new insights into their use.