2019. Benburb Priory Library and Museum to celebrate return of 1680 King James Bible after restoration.

Benburb Priory Library and Museum will be the focus for a special event on 26 March 2019 at 7.30pm to celebrate the return of its 1680 King James Bible after a dedicated conservation programme which has restored it to its former glory. The Bible’s restoration is part of the Library and Museum’s ongoing conservation programme which has rescued many rare books and unique artefacts from being lost to future generations.

The centerpiece of the event will be talks by two distinguished scholars, the Very Rev Gregory Dunstan, Dean of St Patricks Church of Ireland Cathedral, Armagh, and Professor Séamus MacMathúna MRIA, a Celticist and lexicographer, who will explain the significance of the King James Bible in the development of Anglicanism, and the importance of words and language in our interpretation and understanding of historic materials.

The event is open to all. Viewing of the restored King James Bible with insights from the Conservator, Sean Madden, will take place from 6.30 pm.

The event is being organized with the support of The Executive Office, as part of 2018/19 Central Good Relations Funding – Good Relations Capacity Building Pilot, and contributes towards the delivery of one of the Together: Building a United Community (T:BUC) Strategy key priorities, managed by the Northern Ireland Rural Development Council.


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