Talks & Webinars

Join us for a selection of talks and webinars, highlighting aspects of the Chester Beatty collections as well as activities and research taking place around the museum.

Many of these will appear first as live events, so make sure to keep an eye on our What’s On page.

Image of a Public Lecture at the Chester Beatty

Conservation and Craft; Learning through Book Structures

Sophie Coulthard, Heritage Council Intern in Conservation at the Chester Beatty, shares her experiences in treating an 18th century Indian manuscript, CBL In 12.

Hear about some of the ethical considerations that go into treating original manuscript, and what can be learned from close examination its of materials and structure.

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John Thomson the Intrepid Traveller: Siam and Beyond

Betty Yao, co-curator of the exhibition Siam through the lens of John Thomson, 1865–66,  follows the trail of young John Thomson from his early years in Edinburgh to his first major journey to photograph the fascinating kingdom of 19th century Siam.

Betty Yao looks at the people and places Thomson photographed and describes the twists and turns behind the survival of this valuable collection through 150 years.

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Looking at Siam: Situating John Thomson’s work then and now

Join Jon Riordan, Photographer at the Chester Beatty, for this recording of his webinar.

Looking at Siam explores how the development of photography as technology and an art form allowed John Thomson to create the images displayed in the exhibition Siam: Through the lens of John Thomson, 1865–66, held at the Chester Beatty 21 Feb 2020 – 3 Jan 2021.

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Insights Hidden in Plain Sight

Dr Garrick Allen of Dublin City University is working with one of the illuminated Greek Gospel manuscripts in the Chester Beatty collection (CBL W 139).

This deluxe codex includes almost every possible paratext available to a twelfth-century Gospel book, illuminations, commentaries, prefaces, concordances, lists and notations.

Allen is examining how each of these contribute to our understanding of the main text and the book as a whole.

This project is generously funded by the Templeton Religion Trust.

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Wednesday 9:45am - 8:00pm
Saturday 9:45am - 5:30pm
Sunday 12:00pm - 5:30pm

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Chester Beatty
Dublin Castle
Dublin 2
D02 AD92