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AHD2008 and Guided Tour of Armagh Observatory

As part of the third Armagh Heritage Day, AHD2008, the Armagh Observatory will provide a guided tour and exhibition on the heritage-day theme "The Books of Armagh". The Heritage Day, which is organized by the Armagh Visitor Education Committee (AVEC), will be held in the Rotunda Theatre, St. Patrick's Trian, and will commence with coffee at 09:30 followed by a formal opening by the Mayor of Armagh City and District Council, Councillor Charles Rollston, at 10:00.

The aim of this year's Heritage Day is to highlight the richness of the city's libraries and archival collections, which attract researchers from all over the globe. Entitled "The Books of Armagh", the programme for the day will include a keynote presentation on The Book of Armagh given by Dr Mgr Raymond Murray, the noted historian and Gaelic scholar. Staff from some of the City of Armagh's libraries and museums will also give short talks on items of interest from their collections. This event also represents AVEC's contribution to Community Relations Week.

After lunch, which may be obtained from the Trian or from one of several nearby venues, there will be an opportunity to tour the recently opened Milford House Museum or the Testament Area Exhibition and Scriptorium in St. Patrick's Trian. Full details of the 2008 Armagh Heritage Day can be obtained on request from the Armagh Observatory or the Irish and Local Studies Library, or from the AVEC web-site.

Visitors taking part in the Observatory tour will have an opportunity to view some of its rare astronomical books from its historic Library and Archives as well as to hear first-hand about some of its scientific heritage and valuable current research work.

If you are considering joining either the tour or the Armagh Heritage Day, both of which are free and open to all, please reserve your place by contacting Mrs Aileen McKee at Armagh Observatory, Tel: 028-3752-2928, Fax: 028-3752-2928, or Email: ambnat signarm.ac.uk.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: John McFarland at the Armagh Observatory, College Hill, Armagh, BT61 9DG. Tel.: 028-3752-2928; FAX: 028-3752-7174; jmfat signarm.ac.uk

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Last Revised: 2008 April 28th
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