2017 News and Events

Next Events:


14 November 2017: Open Day to mark Dublin Science Week. This exhibition will display botanical items from the early modern period. The Worth Library will be open from 10.00am to 4.00pm. All are welcome.


17 November 2017: ‘Botany in Early Modern Ireland‘ conference. Please note that this event is now booked out.




Worth Library Seminar Series for 2017

17 November 2017: Botany in Early Modern Ireland programme.


Previous events in 2017:

2 February 2017: Dr Elizabethanne Boran (Librarian of the Edward Worth Library) will be giving a CHOMI seminar in UCD on the subject: ‘Buying and selling medical books in early modern Ireland’.
Time and venue: 5pm, Room K114, School of History, UCD.

6 April 2017: Professor Michael Brown (University of Aberdeen): ‘The Birth of the Irish Enlightenment’. This lecture will take place at 2.00pm in the Worth Library and marks the launch of Dr Brendan Power’s exhibition ‘Deism and the Early Enlightenment at the Worth Library’.

An Open Day for the exhibition ‘Deism and the Early Enlightenment at the Worth Library’ will be held on Thursday 20 April: 10.00am-4.00pm.

All are welcome.

25 April 2017: Professor David McKitterick (Trinity College, Cambridge): ‘Printers of choice. Edward Worth and a culture in eighteenth-century book collecting’?

This lecture will take place at 3.00pm in the Worth Library. All are welcome but please note that seating is limited in the Worth and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.


An Open Day will be held on Thursday 11 May 2017: 10.00am-4.00pm.

All are welcome.


19 May 2017: 2.00pm-4.00pm: joint Rare Books Group, Worth Library and Irish Art and Architecture Historians workshop. This event is fully booked.


26 May 2017: Professor Laurence Brockliss (Magdalen College, Oxford): ‘Medical Libraries in Eighteenth-Century France.’ This will take place at 3.00pm in the Worth Library. As space is limited, please book by either phoning 01 635 2215 or e-mailing eaboran@tcd.ie


9 June 2017: The fourth Irish conference on the History of Mathematics (IHOM4) will be held in the Boardroom of Dr Steevens’ Hospital, on Friday 9 June, 2017.


Further details may be found here.

Registration is free, but necessary. To register please e-mail: maurice.oreilly[at]dcu.ie by Tuesday 6 June 2017.


15 June 2017: Professor Earle Havens (William Kurrelmeyer Curator of Rare Books & Manuscripts, Department of Rare Books and Manuscripts, The Sheridan Libraries, Johns Hopkins University): ‘Time Machines. Reading the Renaissance Libraries of John Dee and Gabriel Harvey.’

This is a joint event, hosted by the Irish Research Council New Horizon Research Project: Mapping Readers and Readership in Dublin, 1826-1926: a new cultural geography (UCD, School of History), and the Edward Worth Library, Dublin.’ Please note that this seminar will take place at 4.00pm in the Edward Worth Library.


27 June 2017: Professor Michael Hunter (Birkbeck College, London): ‘The supernatural and the natural in English thought, 1650-1750’. This event will take place in the Worth Library at 3.00pm.


Open Day on Wednesday 19 July 2017 10.00am-4.00pm to mark the opening of an exhibition on

‘Early Modern Obstetrics at the Edward Worth Library.’

This exhibition, curated by Ms Mallory McFall (University of Kansas), focuses on Edward Worth’s books on obstetrics.


1.00pm on Thursday 28 September 2017:

The Brendan Prendiville Memorial Lecture in Medical History.

This lecture, which marks the 200th anniversary of the fever epidemic in Dublin in 1817, will take place in the Worth Library. The speakers are as follows:

Dr Ciarán Mc Cabe (Historian and Independent Scholar): ‘” Saving a populous nation from pestilence”: the impact of the 1817-19 fever epidemic in Dublin city’


Dr Máire O’Connor (Department of Public Health, HSE): ‘Still protecting the population from pestilence: Dr Steevens’ Hospital 2017.’


As seating is limited, please either e-mail elizabethanne.boran@hse.ie or phone 01 635 2215 to book a seat.

All remaining seats will be allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis!

This lecture is a joint event organised by the Edward Worth Library and Dr Steevens’ Library.

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