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Special Collections' Outreach & Engagement: Exhibitions

How Special Collections interacts with the world.

Current Exhibition on Q Floor

The exhibition Ellen Hutchins, Ireland's First Female Botanist created by Ellen Hutchins Festival Team including Madeline Hutchins and Jenny Dempsey is open until 21 December 2018.

Ellen Hutchins (1785-1815) Ireland’s First Female Botanist. Ellen’s story is of a remarkable young woman with a curiosity and determination to find out more about seaweeds and other plants. The exhibition has a selection of Ellen’s beautifully detailed watercolour drawings of seaweeds, her specimens, and her letters as well as objects and books that help to tell her story. The space features wonderful photographs of Bantry Bay, Glengarriff Woods and the special plants found in the area. You are invited to sit in a period chair and read some of Ellen’s letters. At a laboratory table, you can look through a folder of Ellen’s specimens, and peer through a microscope or hand lens at some amazing lichens.
 

Exhibitions are located on the ground floor of the Boole Library, main campus University College Cork. Admission is free and all are welcome during the opening hours of the Boole Library.

Heritage Week - Matters French: An Online Exhibition


Credit: Caussin, Nicolas. The Holy Court, in five books. Trans. Thomas Hawkins. Corke: Printed and sold by Eugene Swiney, 1767.

Matters French offers an overview of some of the connections between Ireland & France from the Anglo-Normans to Beckett. These interconnected traditions are represented in UCC Library's collections. Since the Anglo-Norman conquest Ireland has witnessed contacts with France that straddled confessional & political divisions. Irish scholars & intellectuals took refuge in Paris & Louvain, where Irish-language materials could be printed & where French was to become a medium of antiquarian & historical research that took Ireland as its object. Huguenot exiles arriving in Ireland created new French-speaking communities. Ireland looked to Revolutionary France in its quest for independence.

Heritage Week - Matters French: an online exhibition is curated by Prof. Patrick O'DonovanDept. of French, UCC. For further information about Matters French see the introduction to the exhibition.

Guide to Exhibitions

Over the last ten years there have been exhibitions on Q floor of the Boole Library with all Colleges in UCC. These either have been exhibitions curated by departments and schools or exhibitions created in collaboration with UCC Library.

The exhibition space is available for three or six month periods and exhibitions can start in January / April / July / October. 

Included in each booking time is mounting and dismounting the exhibition. 

As a guide the schedule is booked up to two years in advance. 

Opening Hours

January 2019 

Special Collections and Archives Service have standardised their opening hours as follows: Monday - Friday: 11:00-13:00 and 14:00-16:30. 

From 4 February - 10 May 2019

The opening hours will apply as above for January 2019.

In addition Special Collections' Reference Reading Room and Microform Room is open Wednesday 11:00-13:00 and 16:30-20:15.

Note: The week of 22 April Special Collections and Archives: Monday – Friday: 11:00 – 13:00 and 14:00 – 16:30.

The library website has holiday opening hours.

Closed (Public / Bank Holidays): Monday 18 March; Friday 19 April; Monday 22 April; Monday 6 May.