Tuesday 2 May 2017

RCB Library's Archive of the Month for May: churches in the Diocese of Tuam

Ballinrobe parish church interior plan, 1863
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May's Archive of the Month from the Representative Church Body Library (RCB Library) focuses on architectural drawings for churches in the Diocese of Tuam.

To date, more than 5,000 drawings of churches in some 20 of a total of 30 Church of Ireland dioceses have been processed as part of a project to digitise, catalogue and release online the RCB Library's collections of architectural drawings. The drawings from the western Diocese of Tuam is the latest phase.

Included in the line-up are the drawings of the diocese’s two glorious medieval buildings: Tuam Cathedral and St Nicholas, Galway. 

With the completion of the extensive collection for the Diocese of Tuam, those for a further 10 dioceses remain for systematic processing i.e. imaging each drawing and details therein, cataloguing the details and uploading it to the dedicated web page available through the Church of Ireland website. The work is being carried out by architectural historian Dr Michael O’Neil.