January 19-May 19, 2013
Monday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm
Sunday, Noon to 5pm
**Please note the exhibition hall will be closed Monday, January 21.**
Thomas Herron and Brendan Kane, curators
Nobility and Newcomers in Renaissance Ireland invites visitors on a journey to a destination that is both very new and very familiar: the Ireland of Shakespeare's time, from the sixteenth to mid-seventeenth century.
Through an extraordinary gathering of Irish-language manuscripts and other rare materials, many of them from Irish archives and libraries, Nobility and Newcomers draws a fresh picture of Renaissance Ireland as a vibrant, complex, outwardly oriented kingdom with strong cultural and family connections in England and the continent. Rare materials linked to important English "newcomers," including English poet and author Edmund Spenser, add to this new look at an island of ideas of its own.