Enlightening Science: Engaging with the Heritage of Richard Robinson
Armagh Robinson Library and No. 5 Vicar's Hill, Armagh
Founded by Archbishop Richard Robinson in 1771, the Armagh Robinson Library is the oldest public library in Northern Ireland. The library will run a project to enable local school children, many from areas of multiple deprivation, to explore and learn about the scientific inventions and discoveries in Archbishop Robinson’s impressive collection of over 8,000 books.
“The project will enable us to undertake new, adventurous work which involves thinking creatively about our collections and will allow us to plan for the future in a way that we wouldn't have been able to do without the financial grant.” – Robert Whan, Keeper of the Library
The library will work with Sentinus, an education charity operating across Northern Ireland, to develop the hands-on, interactive workshops for schools and will pay for the coach travel for them to attend. The project will culminate in a family workshop, where children who’ve taken part in the workshop can invite family members along for a day of scientific discovery.