Museums & Archive

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Collections of diverse objects such as books, coins, vintage cars, boats and farm machinery provide a link with our past. The preservation of such collections is an important part our Museums and Archive work.

Conservation Internship Programme

The Heritage Council is delighted to announce its continued support for the Conservation Internship Programme 2013/14. The programme is run in partnership with the Chester Beatty Library; the National Gallery of Ireland; the National Library of Ireland (NLI); and the Old Library, Trinity College Dublin (TCD).

In all cases, the internships will run for a minimum of 9 months. Please visit their websites for full details of application procedures:

The aims of the scheme are three-fold:

  • To bring new research and skills into the conservation departments from the new intern/ conservators;
  • To safeguard Irish heritage through necessary conservation works;
  • To offer opportunities in Ireland for newly qualified Irish conservators.


The Conservation Internship Programme has been running since 2006. The interns are students who have completed specialised conservation courses usually in the areas of paper, book bindings and painting. The scheme is advertised internationally as there are no advanced conservation courses in Ireland and it generates much interest from international students and Irish students studying abroad. In this way, the scheme helps place Ireland on the international scene as well as building up a network with the conservation community at home and elsewhere.

Previous Conservation Internships

Chester Beatty Library          

Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane                       

National Gallery of Ireland                                 

National Library of Ireland                                                                       

Trinity College Library, Dublin

The National Archives