2019 News and Events

Our next lecture:

1 November 2019 Lecture.

Professor Robin Lane-Fox (University of Oxford Fellow Emeritus): ‘Plants and Planning, 1580-1680’.

This lecture will take place at 4.00pm in the Boardroom of Dr Steevens’ Hospital, Dublin 8.

Please note that booking is essential for this lecture. To book please e-mail Elizabethanne.boran@hse.ie no later than 28 October 2019. Bookings will be confirmed by a return e-mail.


 ‘The History of the Book in the Early Modern Period: 1450-1800

is due to launch on 18 November 2019.


This online course, hosted by Future Learn, is a joint initiative of the Edward Worth Library and Trinity College Dublin. It aims to share the rich resources of the Long Room of Trinity College Dublin and the Edward Worth Library, Dublin, with learners interested in the history of the book.


The Bríd McGrath Fellowship for Independent Scholars


We are delighted to announce

‘The Bríd McGrath Fellowship for Independent Scholars’.

This fellowship has been generously funded by the renowned historian, Dr Bríd McGrath. It is a joint fellowship intended to enable independent scholars and early-career scholars and adjunct or part-time teachers to work in the collections of two outstanding early modern libraries in Dublin: Marsh’s Library (est. 1707) and the Edward Worth Library (est. 1733).




Previous events in 2019


A great picture of our Trustee, Ms Helen Stokes, presenting a copy of our publication, The Alchemy of Medicine and Print. The Edward Worth Library (Dublin, 2010), to our Patron, Michael D. Higgins, and his wife Sabina at a recent event at the Áras.


Previous Exhibitions and Open Days in 2019


The Worth Library held an Open Day on Thursday 27 June to mark our newest exhibition, which is on the theme ‘Treasures of the Worth Library’.



To mark the launch of an exhibition on ‘Medical Portraits in the Early Modern Period the Edward Worth Library held and Open Day on Wednesday 24 July.



This exhibition was curated by Ms Paige Blancett, third-year student of Museum Studies, Arizona State University. It explores how physicians and surgeons portrayed themselves and their profession from the sixteenth century to the early eighteenth century.


Pop-up event with

Culture Date with Dublin 8:

Tours of the Worth Library and our newest exhibition ‘Early Modern Medical Portraits at the Worth Library’ will take place at

11.00am and 2.00pm on Tuesday 10 September, 2019.

All are welcome put please note that tour numbers cannot exceed 23 people at any one time.


Our next lecture will be on Friday 11 October and will be given by

Professor Michael Brown (University of Roehampton).

It will be on the topic:

‘Surgery and emotion in the nineteenth century’.

This lecture is the Brendan Prendiville Memorial Lecture and will take place at 3.00pm in the Edward Worth Library.

All are welcome!

As seating is limited, seats are allocated on a ‘first-come, first-served’ basis.


We are looking forward to giving tours for

Dublin Festival of History!

Tours will take place at 11.00am and 2.00pm on the following dates:

Tuesday 1 October

Thursday 3 October.

Tuesday 8 October

Thursday 10 October

Tuesday 15 October

Thursday 17 October


18 October 2019

Dr Cathy Scuffil will be giving a lecture on ‘Dublin: One City: Four Maps’. This lecture will take place in the Boardroom of Dr Steevens’ Hospital at 3.00pm on Friday 18 October. All are welcome.

This lecture is part of Dublin Festival of History.

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