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Behind the Scenes at the Chester Beatty Library

Photo: ©Trustees of the Chester Beatty Library

Behind the Scenes at the Chester Beatty Library

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Sunday 15 October

The Clock Tower, Dublin Castle, appeared on Roque's map of Dublin, published in 1756, with nearly the same U-shaped plan as exists today. It has two floors, ground level, with the entrance facing north and a single corridor on the west of each wing. The extension to the Clock Tower Building was designed to house the Chester Beatty Library Collection. In the tradition of the nineteenth-century museum/library, the extension forms the repository of this unique collection. Its design is intended to express the value of the collection and, like a jewellery box, to protect it. The quality of materials and construction must reflect these values as well as provide security. The complex now houses a conservation laboratory, reading room, offices, lecture space and small audio-visual theatre as well as three exhibition galleries and a roof garden.

Pre-book your place on this tour: details below. Please contact the Chester Beatty Library to book a space on this tour. This tour is not suitable for children.

Designed by: Francis Johnston
Building Date: 18th century

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