Bank of America Merrill Lynch has announced that Trinity College Dublin (TCD) Library will receive funding to conserve, research and digitize four early Irish manuscripts through the company’s 2014 global Art Conservation Project.
Since 2010, Bank of America Merrill Lynch has provided grants to museums in 27 countries supporting 71 conservation projects. Once conserved the manuscripts will be made available via TCD Library’s digital collections and exhibited alongside the Book of Kells, the Book of Durrow and the Book of Armagh at TCD Library.
The grant will fund the treatment, technical examination, digitization and art historical study of four of TCD Library’s most important early medieval Irish manuscripts, the Codex Usserianius Primus, the Garland of Howth, the Book of Dimma, and the Book of Mulling. These, along with the Book of Kells, the Book of Durrow and the Book of Armagh, make up the preeminent collection of early Christian book art in the Library.
“Our 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,” said Andrea Sullivan, head of corporate social responsibility for EMEA at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
Trinity College builds on its four-hundred-year-old tradition of scholarship to confirm its position as one of the great universities of the world, providing a liberal environment where independence of thought is highly valued and where staff and students are nurtured as individuals and are encouraged to achieve their full potential.