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.

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The ones that got away! Chester & Edith Beatty’s collection of Impressionist & Post-Impressionist Paintings

Publication Delayed

We are very sorry to announce that the publication of the Director’s talk will be delayed. We do expect to have this webinar video available shortly and will announce its publication on our social media channels when it is ready.


Join Fionnuala Croke, Director of the Chester Beatty, for this recorded webinar.

70 years ago, in 1950, Beatty presented part of his collection of French nineteenth-century paintings to the Irish Nation as a token of his appreciation to the Taoiseach of the day, John A. Costello, for his support and assistance to Beatty in facilitating his move to Dublin. The paintings arrived in the National Gallery in the spring and the gift was officially announced a few months later, in July 1950. Beatty, tantalisingly, intended to make an even more significant gift to the Gallery; following the death of his wife in 1952, Beatty wanted to donate her splendid collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings. This talk explores this episode in Beatty’s life and the sorry saga which ensued!

Launching Soon

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.

Watch Video Here

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.

Watch Video Here

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