Armagh Robinson Library & No 5

Armagh Robinson Library & No 5 Discover the treasures in Armagh Robinson Library & No 5 Vicars' Hill! Our historic library and museum are open for visits.
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We look forward to offering you a warm welcome! There is no need to pre-book casual visits to the Library, just press the buzzer at our main door and we will let you in! No 5 will be open for visits by prior appointment only, via email: [email protected]

Please make sure to check our events calendar for any exceptional closures before you make your trip: https://armaghrobinsonlibr

ary.co.uk/events/

Groups & Researchers

Groups are very welcome to book a tour to both the Library and No 5. Please check our group tours page for more information: https://armaghrobinsonlibrary.co.uk/visiting/group-tours/

Our collections are available for researchers : contact the office to book a research slot, so we can have the material ready for you! https://armaghrobinsonlibrary.co.uk/contact/

What a glorious Georgian Day we have had! Beautiful weather and lots of happy visitors. A big thank you to all who visit...
27/11/2023

What a glorious Georgian Day we have had! Beautiful weather and lots of happy visitors.

A big thank you to all who visited, and to who helped out on the day: our volunteers, the living history characters, caricaturist John Farrelly, and of course Santa himself!

Image credit: Ian Maginess

Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council

Rokeby Lecture 2023This year’s annual Rokeby Lecture, "The Language of this Country being always upon the Flux”: Swift a...
24/11/2023

Rokeby Lecture 2023

This year’s annual Rokeby Lecture, "The Language of this Country being always upon the Flux”: Swift and Sheridan as Guardians of English Nouns and Verbs, by guest speaker Prof. Karen P. Corrigan, drew a big crowd!

Many thanks to those who attended.

Image credit: Ian Maginess

Some images from our 'Healing Place of the Soul' retreat which took place recently in the Library.   The retreat was fac...
21/11/2023

Some images from our 'Healing Place of the Soul' retreat which took place recently in the Library.

The retreat was facilitated by local mindfulness instructor, Judith Greene Judith Greene Mindfulness , and set within the relaxed and calming ambience of the Library's Long Room.

Many thanks to everyone who attended and to Judith for her excellent delivery of the retreat.

The event was made possible thanks to the support of Social Enterprise Academy, as part of the Library's outreach project 'Steps to Sustainability’.

Images credit: Ian Maginess

Looking for a unique Christmas gift? Adopting a book or shelf makes a wonderful gift for your book loving friends and fa...
21/11/2023

Looking for a unique Christmas gift? Adopting a book or shelf makes a wonderful gift for your book loving friends and family. It will also support the work of the Library, caring for over 40,000 titles, and inspiring present and future generations!

For as little as £50 you can adopt a book staff will pick for you, for £250, £500 and £1,000 you can select one of our treasures! You will receive a certificate marking the donation, and a book plate will be inserted into the adopted book(s).

For more info and to donate, visit https://armaghrobinsonlibrary.co.uk/adopt

Visit Armagh Robinson Library on Georgian Day and step back in time!Explore Georgian life and etiquette with our residen...
16/11/2023

Visit Armagh Robinson Library on Georgian Day and step back in time!

Explore Georgian life and etiquette with our resident living history character Mrs Smith.

For Georgian Day, caricaturist John Farrelly will be in the Library from 12 noon to 4.30pm to draw free caricatures of our visitors!

Saturday 25 November 2023, 12-5PM

Free admission | Donations welcome!

Join us at No 5 Vicars’ Hill on Georgian Day for some early Christmas magic!Santa will be stopping by to receive your Sa...
16/11/2023

Join us at No 5 Vicars’ Hill on Georgian Day for some early Christmas magic!

Santa will be stopping by to receive your Santa letters, give out small gifts and take a photo with you.

No 5 will be open 12-5pm for your letter writing and wax seal demonstrations, Santa will be visiting 2-4pm.

No booking required: wrap up warm in case you need to queue outside!

Saturday 25 November 2023, 12-5PM

Free admission | Donations welcome!

16/11/2023
06/11/2023

Last year, we launched our Inclusive Global Histories exhibition as part of our commitment to decolonisation, diversity and inclusion with the aim to bring diverse culture and perspectives into national and local museums.

The success of ‘Global Voices Local Choices’ was celebrated at an event in Parliament Buildings last week, where attendees reflected on the importance of providing people from all communities and backgrounds a fair opportunity to make choices relating to the World Cultures collection.

Around 60 people took part in a series of workshops in museums across Northern Ireland including Carrickfergus Museum , Tower Museum, Armagh Robinson Library & No 5, Enniskillen Castle: Fermanagh County Museum , Causeway Coast and Glens Museum Services and the Ulster Museum, Belfast. The significant legacy of this project will give greater understanding to World Culture collections in the future and how objects might be interpreted in museums spaces.

Read more about Global Voices Local Choices here → https://www.nationalmuseumsni.org/global-voices-local-choices-project

06/11/2023

Global Voices Local Choices Celebration at Stormont November 2, 2023 The project based on museums, diversity, and community input to decolonisation was celebrated at a showcase event on Saturday 28th October. NI Museums Council, in partnership with the African and Caribbean Support Organisation Nort...

Ursula Monaghan, our Education and Outreach Officer, welcomed people to the Fighting Words training session in the Libra...
27/10/2023

Ursula Monaghan, our Education and Outreach Officer, welcomed people to the Fighting Words training session in the Library.

A very happy looking group!

Discover something new! Explore the exhibitions in Armagh Robinson Library and find out what Jonathan Swift wrote in the...
27/10/2023

Discover something new!

Explore the exhibitions in Armagh Robinson Library and find out what Jonathan Swift wrote in the margins of his own copy of Gulliver’s Travels, why the month of October is called the eight month, and who concluded that the earth must have been created on 23 October 4004 BC.

Make us part of your next short break this autumn!

TourismNI

https://armaghrobinsonlibrary.co.uk/events/

Looking for some place special to take the children this autumn? Let them pretend to be student wizards in the magnifice...
26/10/2023

Looking for some place special to take the children this autumn? Let them pretend to be student wizards in the magnificent Armagh Robinson Library!

The Library offers plenty of opportunities for families to enjoy their visit together: we have a soft play area for the little ones, and activity sheets for the older children.

Make us part of your next short break this autumn!

TourismNI

https://armaghrobinsonlibrary.co.uk/events/

Great to see our lovely library mentioned in the Church Times article on libraries with theological collections!
25/10/2023

Great to see our lovely library mentioned in the Church Times article on libraries with theological collections!

Libraries with theological collections can be surprisingly accessible, says Anna James

Many thanks to our guest speakers, attendees, fellow organiser Cardinal Tomas O Fiaich Memorial Library & Archive, staff...
25/10/2023

Many thanks to our guest speakers, attendees, fellow organiser Cardinal Tomas O Fiaich Memorial Library & Archive, staff at the The Market Place Theatre & Arts Centre, Armagh and to our funder Irish Foreign Ministry for a successful Primacy of Peace conference!

More images by Ian Maginess on our website:
https://armaghrobinsonlibrary.co.uk/primacy-of-peace-conference/

Armagh City has a wealth of Georgian architecture, Armagh Robinson Library being one the jewels in the crown!Come and en...
25/10/2023

Armagh City has a wealth of Georgian architecture, Armagh Robinson Library being one the jewels in the crown!

Come and enjoy the peace and quiet, take in the smells and sights of shelves upon shelves of historic volumes. See what the ‘Healing Place of the Soul’ can mean to you.

Make us part of your next short break this autumn!

TourismNI

https://armaghrobinsonlibrary.co.uk/events/

Looking for a unique experience? Visit Armagh Robinson Library this autumn!This hidden gem on the Hill of Armagh holds a...
24/10/2023

Looking for a unique experience? Visit Armagh Robinson Library this autumn!

This hidden gem on the Hill of Armagh holds amazing collections of books and artefacts, displays rare treasures, and offers a warm welcome to all visitors.

Make us part of your next short break this autumn!

TourismNI

https://armaghrobinsonlibrary.co.uk/events/

Thinking of an autumn short break? Come to Armagh City! Marvel at the stunning Georgian architecture, stroll around the ...
23/10/2023

Thinking of an autumn short break? Come to Armagh City!

Marvel at the stunning Georgian architecture, stroll around the parks, enjoy great food, and visit ‘The Healing Place of the Soul’, Armagh Robinson Library.

A hidden gem, a treasure trove of books, prints, archaeology, atlases and maps, manuscripts and more, all lovingly kept in the original 18th century Library building.

Make us part of your next giant adventure this autumn!

TourismNI

https://armaghrobinsonlibrary.co.uk/events/

Image credit: Brian Mason

20/10/2023

Recognising and celebrating outstanding practice in UK museums

20/10/2023

Are you based in the Armagh Area? Would you like to help young writers find their spark? Become a mentor or illustrator with Fighting Words NI!

We have a new volunteer training opportunity next week on Thursday 26th October in Armagh. The session is from 11am to 1pm at Armagh Robinson Library & No 5 .

Story Seeds is generously supported by CreativeIrl

17/10/2023
Conference | The Primacy of Peace : Promoting Understanding and Dialogue through the Collections ofthe Primates of All-I...
13/10/2023

Conference | The Primacy of Peace : Promoting Understanding and Dialogue through the Collections ofthe Primates of All-Ireland, Archbishop Robin Eames (1986 - 2006) and Cardinal Tomás Ó Fiaich (1977 - 1990)

Tuesday 24th October 2023 | 10.00am to 3.00pm | Admission Free (lunch included)

So far 64 places have been booked: don't miss out and book now!

https://marketplacearmagh.ticketsolve.com/ticketbooth/shows/873639825

Our Morning on the Hill school programme has started for the 2023-2024 school year!We are delighted that the first two s...
13/10/2023

Our Morning on the Hill school programme has started for the 2023-2024 school year!

We are delighted that the first two schools to book a visit are local schools: the P5 year groups from St Patrick's Primary School and the Armstrong Primary School.

If you are interested in visiting the Library, No 5 and the Cathedral with your school, please visit our information page https://armaghrobinsonlibrary.co.uk/visiting/school-visits/ and contact the office to discuss your options.

We hope to welcome more schools, primary and secondary, from within the city, the county and further afield, over the course of this school year!

Armagh Robinson Library & No 5 tailors school visits for all education levels: handle objects, discover history, explore collections!

This year the City Chapter's National Poetry Day event was held in the Cardinal O'Fiaich Library with poets Iggy McGover...
06/10/2023

This year the City Chapter's National Poetry Day event was held in the Cardinal O'Fiaich Library with poets Iggy McGovern and Ruth Carr.

Featured before the poetry reading were seated from the left, poet Iggy McGovern, host and O'Fiaich Library representative Roddy Hegarty, and poet Ruth Carr.

Standing from left was Paul McAvinchey, representing the John Hewitt Society which helped to fund the event along with the Arts Council for Northern Ireland; Catherine Gartland representing the Cultural Heritage Service Library; Patricia Curran for Libraries NI and Carol Conlin for Armagh Robinson Library.



Image credit: Ian Maginess

ArKe Sure Start back in the Library! The Library was once more the venue for a series of baby reflexology sessions given...
04/10/2023

ArKe Sure Start back in the Library!

The Library was once more the venue for a series of baby reflexology sessions given by ArKe Sure Start. The atmosphere of the Library’s Long Room certainly seemed to add to the experience, both for mums and their babies.

Parenting Worker, Maree Loughran, said, “We are delighted to be back in Armagh Robinson Library to deliver this program to another cohort of new mums and babies. The Long Room in the library has such a tranquil quality that I find it the perfect venue for this type of activity. Carol and all the team are always so welcoming and helpful, so that mums feel at ease and can relax and enjoy the sessions and the hospitality in this truly unique venue.”

There is now an established relationship between the Library and No 5 Vicars’ Hill, and ArKe Sure Start. The Library’s Assistant Keeper, Carol Conlin, said, “People are sometimes surprised to learn that we host events in this 18th century library for very young children, including babies. We are a ‘playful museum’ and wish to welcome families with young children to both our buildings. Age-appropriate activities are available for young children to enjoy while adults can take time to look at the objects on display. For several years, we have been helped by the ArKe Sure Start team, in terms of what toys and books to have available. By hosting these reflexology sessions, this is our way of thanking the organisation for their support and advice.”

One of the mothers said:
"Thank you for the warm welcome to baby reflexology in Armagh Robinson Library. It was a lovely setting to meet and chat with other Mums and babies. [Daughter's name] particularly loved the ceiling!"

Image credit: John Stafford Photography

03/10/2023
The Library will be closed in the afternoon of Thursday 5 October, from 13.00 to 16.00 to allow staff to attend the fune...
03/10/2023

The Library will be closed in the afternoon of Thursday 5 October, from 13.00 to 16.00 to allow staff to attend the funeral of our longstanding and valued volunteer Mary Dawson.

Conference The Primacy of Peace : Promoting Understanding and Dialogue through the Collections of the Primates of All-Ir...
26/09/2023

Conference

The Primacy of Peace : Promoting Understanding and Dialogue through the Collections of the Primates of All-Ireland, Archbishop Robin Eames (1986 – 2006) and Cardinal Tomás Ó Fiaich (1977 – 1990)

Tuesday, October 24, 2023 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Market Place Theatre
9 Market Street
Armagh
BT61 7BW

Free | Lunch included

To book: https://marketplacearmagh.ticketsolve.com/ticketbooth/shows/873639825

For more information: https://armaghrobinsonlibrary.co.uk/event/conference-the-primacy-of-peace/

Organised by Armagh Robinson Library and Cardinal Tomas O Fiaich Memorial Library & Archive
Funded by Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Ireland)

Many thanks to Eileen Casey for the glowing three-page article on the Library in the current Ireland's Own!
23/09/2023

Many thanks to Eileen Casey for the glowing three-page article on the Library in the current Ireland's Own!

The City Chapter is delighted to once again celebrate National Poetry Day. This year’s event ‘Refuge’ will be held on Th...
22/09/2023

The City Chapter is delighted to once again celebrate National Poetry Day. This year’s event ‘Refuge’ will be held on Thursday 5 October 2023 at 7.30pm in The Cardinal Tomás Ó Fiaich Memorial Library & Archive. Poets Iggy McGovern and Ruth Carr make a welcome return to Armagh to read and talk about their poetry for our annual National Poetry Day celebration.

Coleraine born Iggy McGovern is a physicist who has published three collections of poetry, The King of Suburbia in 2005, Safe House in 2010 and The Eyes of Isaac Newtown in 2017. He has been the recipient of several bursaries, residencies and awards including the Glen Dimplex New Writers Award for Poetry in 2006 and the Alexander von Humboldt Stipendium in Physics & Poetry at Erlangen University in 2015. In his own words, his poetry is characterised by form, rhyme and occasional humour.

Belfast native Ruth Carr has also release a number of collections; There is a House in 1999, The Airing Cupboard in 2008 and most recently, Feather and Bone in 2018, which is a response to two enlightened women, Dorothy Wordsworth and Mary Ann McCracken, who both lived long lives, devoted to a more conspicuous brother. She is working on a fourth collection with the title, promising nothing. Ruth has been co-editor of the journal The Honest Ulsterman and editor of The Female Line, and compiled the contemporary women’s fiction section of The Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing IV-V and was a founder member of the Word of Mouth women’s poetry collective.

The partnership of the City Chapter is made up of the four libraries in Armagh – Armagh City Library, Armagh Robinson Library, the Cultural Heritage Service Library and Cardinal Ó Fiaich Library and Archive, which is the host for this event. The City Chapter is most grateful to the John Hewitt Society and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland for their support for this poetry event.

The City Chapter’s representative, Roddy Hegarty, said, “We are delighted to be hosting the City Chapter’s celebration of National Poetry Day 2023 and to once again welcome both of these wonderful poets back to the city”.

This event, as with all of those hosted by the City Chapter, is FREE of charge and open to all. Donations to continue the work of the City Chapter in the promotion of the spoken and written word in Armagh will be gratefully received on the night or via https://www.justgiving.com/thecitychapter.

The Library’s current temporary exhibition, Who Knows where the Time Goes, highlights the history of calendars. The exhi...
15/09/2023

The Library’s current temporary exhibition, Who Knows where the Time Goes, highlights the history of calendars. The exhibition which has been researched and compiled by the Library’s Archivist, Thirza Mulder, looks at a range of historic and current calendars held in the Library’s collection. They include prehistoric, Egyptian, Chinese and Roman calendars, as well as those for Muslim and Hebrew religious events and observances.

The exhibition will run until the end of December. It is on display in the Library’s Long Room during normal opening hours, Monday to Friday, 10.00am to 1.00pm and 2.00pm to 4.00pm. For further information, please contact the Library staff by telephoning 028 37523142 or e-mailing: [email protected]

Launching the exhibition was the newest member of the Library’s team, Education and Outreach Officer, Ursula Monaghan. This post has been made possible by ‘Steps to Sustainability’, which is a National Lottery Heritage Fund programme, delivered by the Social Enterprise Academy.

Speaking at the launch, Ursula said,

"It is a great honour to have been invited to join the team at Armagh Robinson Library and No 5 Vicars’ Hill, and to accept the invitation by the Keeper of the Library, the Very Revd Shane Forster, to launch this exhibition. It is particularly significant at this time on the commencement of this new role as Education and Outreach Officer for the Library.

Throughout history, our ancestors measured time through awareness of the seasons, which was essential for survival, for example, knowing when to sow seeds and when to harvest them, and I look forward, within my role, to contributing to the hard work and commitment of the Governors and Guardians, Staff and Volunteers of Armagh Robinson Library, and hopefully helping to plant and harvest new seeds toward its continued evolvement."

During the first day of the European Heritage Open Days, The Library and No 5 Vicars' Hill welcomed a wide range of visi...
10/09/2023

During the first day of the European Heritage Open Days, The Library and No 5 Vicars' Hill welcomed a wide range of visitors.

Both buildings will also be open today from 2.00pm to 6.00pm, so if you did not visit us yesterday, we hope to welcome you this afternoon!



Image credits: Ian Maginess

This is the last day to make your donation to Armagh Robinson Library go twice as far! The National Lottery Heritage Fun...
31/08/2023

This is the last day to make your donation to Armagh Robinson Library go twice as far!

The National Lottery Heritage Fund will match every donation, which means your donation will go much further to support the work of the Library, caring for our wonderful collections, and inspiring present and future generations!

If you are a UK taxpayer, ticking the Gift Aid box provides an additional cash boost.

For example, a donation of £100 with Gift Aid of £25, is matched by the NLHF and will generate a donation of £250 to the Library!

Have a look at some our treasures available for adoption, as highlighted on https://armaghrobinsonlibrary.co.uk/support-us/highlighted-books-available-for-adoption/

For more info and to donate, visit https://armaghrobinsonlibrary.co.uk/adopt

Made possible with the support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund

Address

43 Abbey Street
Armagh
BT617DY

Opening Hours

Monday 10am - 1pm
2pm - 4pm
Tuesday 10am - 1pm
2pm - 4pm
Wednesday 10am - 4pm
5pm - 4pm
Thursday 10am - 1pm
2pm - 4pm
Friday 10am - 1pm
2pm - 4pm

Telephone

028-3752 3142

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