Heritage Week 2020 at the National Gallery of Ireland

Art history books in the Art Library. © National Gallery of Ireland
© National Gallery of Ireland. Photographer: Jack Caffrey, The Pimlico Project, 2017.Credit

15–23 August 2020

Join us as we celebrate a National Heritage Week with a difference!

This year, the emphasis for National Heritage Week is on digital content so that as many people as possible can learn about and celebrate Irish heritage. Scroll down to discover fascinating stories exploring nature, sketchbooks and items related to George Bernard Shaw, all from the Gallery's archives. Make sure to keep an eye on Instagram throughout the week too, as we'll also be posting some additional tidbits daily.

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In this short video, archivist Leah Benson, who is also the curator of Shaw and the Gallery: A Priceless Education, shares captivating stories from the archive about what the Gallery might have looked like when George Bernard Shaw wandered the rooms as a boy.

From original fixtures and fittings to newspaper articles and photos, discover the story of one of the country’s most influential writers and the place he called the “cherished asylum of my boyhood”.

National Heritage Week at the Gallery

George Bernard Shaw and the Gallery


Self-guided tour

If you are able to visit the Gallery, why not follow this online self-guided tour to discover some family favourites in the collection. You can also enjoy this tour from the comfort of your own home, if you prefer.

A child on a free tour of the permanent collection in the Millennium Wing in front of 'Women in an Eastern Courtyard'. © National Gallery of Ireland

Through a Lens tour: Family Favourites

Learn more about ten fascinating works of art in the collection.

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Read at leisure

Visiting the Gallery