Free Summer Talks in the NLI, Week 7

The Summer Talks at lunchtime will take place every Tuesday and Thursday in August & September from 1-2pm,

Jayne Shrimpton

Tuesday 15th of September

Jayne 2014

Dating and Understanding Family Photographs

This illustrated Power-point presentation explains how to date old family photographs using various techniques, including recognising photographic formats, dating mount styles, researching studios and dating fashion clues. It also covers the kinds of special occasions that prompted our ancestors to visit the photographer, such as marriage, christening and mourning, and offer tips on sharing and caring for family photographs.

Venue:National Library of Ireland


Jayne Shrimpton, MA History of Dress is a professional dress historian and photographs/artworks specialist. A former Archivist at the National Portrait Gallery, London, she has been dating and interpreting historical images for nearly 30 years. As a professional consultant, Jayne works with private clients and organisations such as Findmypast. She also lectures widely, writes regular magazine columns and articles on photographs and fashion history, including for Irish Lives genealogy e-magazine, and has published several


Charles Benson (Fellow T.C.D.)

Thursday 17th of September


Primrose Pretty-face  in Galway.

Children’s literature, and the spread of the English language in 19th c. Ireland

George Connolly published a number of children’s books in Galway at the start of the nineteenth century. These were a mixture of the recreational and educational. How successful was Connolly as an entrepreneur?  What was the scale of the market for books in English in a predominantly Irish speaking city where literacy rates were low? How does the Galway market fit into the larger context of the book trade in Ireland immediately after the Act of Union.

Venue:National Library of Ireland


Charles Benson was Keeper of Early Printed Books and Special Collections in Trinity College Library Dublin from 1988 until 2011.He has written extensively on the Irish book trade in the the nineteenth century, and is now compiling a dictionary of members of the Dublin book trade 1801-1850

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