Bank of America Merrill Lynch funds conservation, digitisation of early manuscripts

24 Jun 2014

Susie Bioletti, head of conservation at Trinity College Dublin Library, shows Peter Keegan, country executive for Ireland at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, the manuscripts. Photo via Trinity College Dublin

Trinity College Dublin Library will conserve, study and digitise four early medieval Irish manuscripts and place them on display, thanks to funding from Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s 2014 global Art Conservation Project.

Once the conservation work is complete in about two years, the Codex Usserianius Primus, the Garland of Howth, the Book of Dimma, and the Book of Mulling will be made available via Trinity College Dublin Library’s digital collections and exhibited alongside the Book of Kells, the Book of Durrow and the Book of Armagh at Trinity College Dublin Library.

These works make up the pre-eminent collection of early Christian book art in the library.

Since 2010, Bank of America Merrill Lynch has provided grants to museums in 27 countries supporting 71 conservation projects. The amount of funding provided to Trinity College Dublin has not been disclosed.

Andrea Sullivan, head of corporate social responsibility for EMEA at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, said the Art Conservation Project is designed not only to conserve artworks and shine a light on the need for the preservation of artistic and historic treasures, “but also to educate communities, and convey respect for the varied cultures and traditions throughout the world”.

Susie Bioletti, head of conservation at Trinity College Dublin Library, said the four manuscripts form an important part of Irish heritage.

“(The) grant will enable scholarship and public engagement with the manuscripts as we share these national treasures with our Irish and global visitors.”

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Tina Costanza was a journalist and sub-editor at Silicon Republic