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Dublin documents: highlights from Charles Haliday's manuscript collection

An exhibition featuring a selection of Dublin manuscripts from the Haliday Collection

January 2017 marked 150 years since Charles Haliday’s vast collection of books, pamphlets and manuscripts was donated to the Royal Irish Academy Library.

Charles Haliday, MRIA, c.1798-1866, was a Dublin merchant, banker, historian, health reformer and avid collector. Haliday’s collection of books and pamphlets spans almost 300 years covering Irish and British social, economic, cultural and religious history. His collection of manuscripts is just as varied and ranges from the thirteenth to the nineteenth centuries.

This exhibition features a selection of these manuscripts with particular emphasis on Dublin. Documents from the medieval Guild of St Anne, a sixteenth-century Privy Council book, an eighteenth/nineteenth century Secret Service money book and other highlights of the collection will be on view. For more information read the latest Library Blog Posts 'A handsome donation' and Secrets, lies & conspiracies.

Professor Colm Lennon, MRIA, gave a lecture on the manuscripts of the Guild of St Anne. Listen back to Professor Lennon's lecture 'Charitable property: the manuscripts of St Anne's Guild, Dublin'.