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					                    ARMAGH HERITAGE DAY 2008
                       “The Books of Armagh”
                         The Rotunda Theatre, St. Patrick’s Trian
                               40 English Street, Armagh
                                Wednesday 7th May 2008
                               Programme Last Updated 2008 April 16

09:30         Arrival and Morning Coffee

10:00–10:10   Welcome and Opening Remarks
              Mary McVeigh (Chair, AVEC)
              Councillor Charles Rollston (Mayor, Armagh City and District)

10:10–10:45   The Book of Armagh Monsignor Raymond Murray (Editor, Seanchas Ard Mhacha, the
              Journal of the Armagh Diocesan Historical Society)
10:45–11:00   Questions

11:00–11:30   COFFEE

11:30         Mark Bailey (Deputy Chair, AVEC)

11:30–11:45   Armagh County Museum: a Library of Books and Objects Greer Ramsey (Acting Curator,
              Armagh County Museum)
11:45–12:00                                                                     a ´
              Armagh to Jerusalem Roddy Hegarty (Education Officer, Cardinal Tom´ s O Fiaich Memo-
              rial Library and Archive)
12:00–12:15   Armagh to the Somme: the Growth of Pilgrimage Tourism Amanda Moreno (Curator, Royal
              Irish Fusiliers Museum)
12:15–12:30   The Golden Age of Steam Mary McVeigh (Librarian, Irish and Local Studies Library)

12:30–12:45   Questions and General Discussion


12:45–14:00   LUNCH

14:00–15:00   Two Special Guided Tours: (A) Tour of St. Patrick’s Trian Testament Area Exhibition and
              Scriptorium Christine Donnelly (Education Officer, St. Patrick’s Trian); (B) Visit to Milford
              House Museum Stephen-Paul McManus (Keeper of Collections, Milford House Museum).
              Meet outside Rotunda Lecture Theatre at 14:00.
15:30–17:00   Other AVEC Member Institutions open as normal or for individual guided tours and
              exhibitions
Summaries of Contributed Talks
1.   The Book of Armagh
     Raymond Murray
     Editor, Seanchas Ard Mhacha, the Journal of the Armagh Diocesan Historical Society
     Mgr Murray’s expertise as historian and linguist is well known. In this paper he turns his attention to perhaps the
     most emblematic item in the city’s historical canon: The Book of Armagh. This, perhaps more than anything else
     captures the antiquity of the the city; its ecclesiastical heritage; and the undeniable connection with the nation’s
     patron saint to whom both the city’s cathedrals are dedicated. Mgr Murray will explore the historical context of
     The Book of Armagh, highlighting its significance in demonstrating Armagh’s rich legacy to the island of saints
     and scholars.

2.   Armagh County Museum: A Library of Books and Objects
     Greer Ramsey
     Acting Curator, Armagh County Museum
     Alongside a fine reference library, many of the artefacts in the Museum recall the names of people, places and
     events. Making this connection between book and object acts as a valuable tool to unlock the past. From a
     “Biography of the Blind”, to illustrated poems, this account provides an introduction to Armagh County Museum’s
     library.


3.   Armagh to Jerusalem
     Roddy Hegarty
                                   a ´
     Education Officer, Cardinal Tom´ s O Fiaich Memorial Library and Archive
     This presentation owes its origin to the discovery in the Library archives of two fine collections of stereo pho-
     tographs, believed to have belonged to the late Cardinal Logue. The collections are called “Palestine Through the
     Stereoscope”, and are of special interest for three main reasons. First, the photographs are relatively unique to Ar-
     magh; secondly, they are a century old; and thirdly, 2008 is the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the modern
     state of Israel. Of special interest are those that depict the Holy Lands at the turn of the twentieth century. They
     give a fascinating glimpse into Palestine society forty years before the foundation of the state of Israel in 1948 and
     the subsequent social, political and industrial development, and they open a window in a highly evocative manner
     to how, even under Ottoman rule, the area was cultivating a tourist trade that exploited the historical and religious
     sites of the biblical era. This presentation provides an opportunity to view images that have remained hidden for
     perhaps three generations, and highlights the advanced nature of the tourism industry in the Holy Lands more than
     a hundred years ago.


4.   Armagh to the Somme: the Growth of Pilgrimage Tourism
     Amanda Moreno
     Curator, Royal Irish Fusiliers Museum
     Inspired by a book from the museum library, “Michelin’s Illustrated Guide to the Battlefields (1914–1918): The
     Somme”, published 1920. As the war finished, many thousands of families wished to visit the battlefields in order
     to understand what their loved ones went through, to visit the places where they died and pay their respects at their
     last resting place. As demand grew, travel became cheaper and gradually pilgrimages became accessible to all. In
     modern times the interest in the First World War becomes greater every year.


5.   The Golden Age of Steam
     Mary McVeigh
     Librarian, Irish and Local Studies Library
     Over a century ago it was possible to get on a train at Armagh and travel the length and breadth of Ireland. There
     were package holidays which combined rail and steamer travel with accommodation in the best hotels as well
     as cheap excursions for works and church groups to the seaside. Those golden years of railway travel will be
     highlighted in the talk on the Irish and Local Studies Library’s book choice: “Great Northern Railway Illustrated
     tourist and excursion programme 1898”.


6.   Tour of St. Patrick’s Testament Area Exhibition and Scriptorium
     Christine Donnelly
     Education Officer, St. Patrick’s Trian
     Tour of St. Patrick’s Testament Area including a Living History character playing the role of a monk from the
     8th century. He will show the group how quills are made, working on vellum, and making inks from the period.
     Members of the group may also have the opportunity to work with quills themselves during the day.