Late August proved to be a very busy time for staff at Derry and Raphoe Library with two Open Day events in one week. Monday 22nd saw doors open to the public as part of the Heritage Council of Ireland’s National Heritage Week. The event ’Sharing Our Story’ was an opportunity forvisitors from Donegal – and those with family links to the county, to find out more about the work of the project and to learn more about the books which had come from the Diocese of Raphoe to Derry in the 1870s.
One of the most interesting items is the Raphoe catalogue of 1810 which is beautifully illustrated on the flyleaf and which contains details of books borrowed by various library users, an important insight into the history of the collection.
Wednesday 24th saw two sessions held on the Magee campus where Joe Mc Laughlin, the University Archivist and Rare Books curator and I talked about items of interest from the collection to staff from the University of Ulster, from Queen’s University and librarians from U.C.D and N.U.I. Galway.
Both events were extremely enjoyable and provided us not only with an opportunity to showcase the collection and the work of the conservation team but to learn from visitors to the Open Days.