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Cork City and County Archives Conservation Project Completed

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The conservation and repair has been completed of a unique record of Cork from the early 19th century. The item is a scrapbook from the Day Papers, which include the papers of Richard Dowden, Mayor of Cork in 1845. Dowden was involved in many organisations of his day, and retained in the scrapbook a wide range of interesting and significant documents, posters, pamphlets, notices, letters, and memorabilia relating to numerous cultural, commercial, religious, philanthropic, educational and political organisations from roughly 1830 to 1850, including Father Mathew’s Temperance movement, local theatres and the Borough of Cork.

The largest single item in the Day Papers collection, the scrapbook prior to conservation was too fragile to be used in research and was at risk owing to the ongoing deterioration of the paper, despite good environmental conditions at the Archives.

The conservation process, carried out by Paul Curtis of Muckross House, Killarney, involved separating individual items from the original scrapbook paper, which was of poor quality, cleaning and repairing each item, and installing the items in transparent archival polyester folders which were then bound together as volumes.

The professional conservation and repair of the scrapbook has ensured that the document has been preserved for future generations, and that it is now available again for use in public research, exhibition and for digitisation projects.

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