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An Elephant Never Forgets

Julie Burke
Marsh's Library

An Elephant Never Forgets

Our project this year is based on the well known phrase ‘An Elephant Never Forgets’ to run alongside our Wild Elephants of Dublin 8 exhibition.

So we’re asking you to share your stories and memories of past visits to Marsh’s Library. First impressions, funny anecdotes, or if you were a reader, a curious discovery from a book or manuscript.

Write your memory on a postcard or send it to us via email or our social media platforms.

We are delighted to be able to welcome you to the library for Heritage Week 2021. Our current exhibition celebrates everyone’s favourite pachyderm, the elephant. Our love of elephants is not new; they have been respected and revered since ancient times for their power, intelligence and affection. When you visit you will see this gentle giant depicted and described in an eclectic array of books and maps from Marsh's collections.

A specific link to Dublin’s past is the image of an elephant’s skeleton and anatomy, dissected by Dr Allan Mullen from Trinity College. This was carried out after the elephant tragically died in a fire in Temple Bar in the 1680s.

Children will enjoy seeking out our guest mini elephant who has joined the minifigure hunt team...and they may stumble across a large inflatable elephant!

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