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Armagh Robinson Library

  • Income

    £311.6K

  • Spending

    £307.3K

Charity no. 101110 Date registered. 14/11/2014

Public benefits

PURPOSE: ‘Settling and preserving a Publick Library in the City of Armagh for ever.’ (Act of Parliament, 1773) What public benefit flows from this purpose? The direct benefit which flows from this purpose is: 1. The maintenance and conservation of the fabric of Armagh Public Library and No 5 Vicars’ Hill (the former Armagh Diocesan

Registry) for present and future generations; 2. The preservation and conservation of the Library’s collections for present and future generations; • These consist of 46,000 catalogued items, including books, engravings, and fifteen original costume designs by William Conor. The nucleus of the book collection is Archbishop Richard Robinson’s own library of seventeenth and eighteenth centur volumes on theology, philosophy, classical and contemporary literature, history, medicine and law. The book collection also includes incunabula, first editions and illustrated medieval manuscripts. In addition to the catalogued items, the Library holds Archbishop Robinson’s collections of coins and gems, a collection of maps, and Archbishop Marcus Gervais Beresford’s collection of Irish antiquities. 3. The availability of all items from the Library’s collections for public viewing, genealogical, historical and literary research; 4. An enhanced public understanding of history through access to the Library and its collections; 5. An enhanced experience of education through access to the Library and its collections. This public benefit is demonstrated through the: • status of Armagh Public Library and No 5 Vicars’ Hill as historic buildings listed as A by the Northern Ireland Environment Agency; • status as an Accredited Museum, certified by the Arts Council of England and the Northern Ireland Museums Council; • rating of the Library and of No 5 Vicars’ Hill as four star Visitor Attractions (Museums) by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board; • opening of the Library to the public, free of charge, Monday to Friday, 10.00am to 1.00pm, 2.00pm to 4.00pm; • opening of No 5 Vicars’ Hill to the public, Tuesday to Saturday, 10.00am to 1.00pm, 2.00pm to 4.00pm; • availability of a searchable on-line catalogue through the Library’s website; • availability of the Library’s collections for examination in the Library’s Long Room; • register of research requests; • register of acquisitions; • display of a selection of the Library’s collections of engravings, antiquities, coins and gems at No 5 Vicars’ Hill; • provision of guided tours for groups of visitors and tourists; • provision of an educational programme for primary and secondary school groups; • collaboration with other libraries in Armagh through the Armagh City Chapter; • use of the Library for meetings of historical societies, poetry readings, book launches and other literary events, lectures, musical events and professional seminars; • comments of visitors in the visitors’ books of both the Library and No 5 Vicars’ Hill, and on the website ‘Trip Advisor’. Is any harm or possibility of harm outweighed by the benefit? No harm flows from the purpose of the Library. Who is the benefit for? The charity’s principal beneficiary is the general public, more specifically the public of Northern Ireland and the people of the City of Armagh, academics, scholars and researchers, school children and students, tourists and visitors, including future generations.

What your organisation does

• opening of the Library to the public, free of charge, Monday to Friday, 10.00am to 1.00pm, 2.00pm to 4.00pm; • opening of No 5 Vicars’ Hill to the public, Tuesday to Saturday, 10.00am to 1.00pm, 2.00pm to 4.00pm; • availability of a searchable on-line catalogue through the Library’s website; • availability of the Library’s collections

for examination in the Library’s Long Room; • register of research requests; • register of acquisitions; • display of a selection of the Library’s collections of engravings, antiquities, coins and gems at No 5 Vicars’ Hill; • provision of guided tours for groups of visitors and tourists; • provision of an educational programme for primary and secondary school groups; • collaboration with other libraries in Armagh through the Armagh City Chapter; • use of the Library for meetings of historical societies, poetry readings, book launches and other literary events, lectures, musical events and professional seminars; • comments of visitors in the visitors’ books of both the Library and No 5 Vicars’ Hill, and on the website ‘Trip Advisor’.

The charity’s classifications

  • The advancement of education
  • The advancement of the arts, culture, heritage or science

Who the charity helps

  • General public

How the charity works

  • Arts
  • Cultural
  • Education/training
  • Heritage/historical

This display is a broad summary of the charity’s financial information. For a full understanding of the charity’s finances, the reader should view the PDF accounts and reports under the Documents tab above.

Income

£311.6K

Spending

£307.3K

Charity accounts & reports for financial year end 31 December 2019

Independent examiners report Charity accounts Trustee annual report

Charity accounts & reports for financial year end 31 December 2018

Independent examiners report Charity accounts Trustee annual report

Charity accounts & reports for financial year end 31 December 2017

Independent examiners report Charity accounts Trustee annual report

Charitable purposes

The purposes clause is 'Settling and preserving a Publick Library in the City of Armagh for ever'.

Governing document

Other

Other name

  • 13 Trustees
  • 7 Employees
  • 11 Volunteers

Contact details

Public address

  • Armagh Robinson Library (Formerly Armagh Public Library), Armagh Robinson Library, 43 Abbey Street, Armagh, BT61 7DY

Trustee board

Trustee
Canon A. Dawson
Canon N. Porteus
The Very Revd G. Dunstan
Archdeacon T. Scott
Canon W. Adair
Canon D. Hilliard
Canon J. Moore
Mrs E. Harkness
Canon B. Paine
Canon P. Thompson
Mr B. Hannam
Archbishop Of Armagh And Primate Of All Ireland
The Very Revd Shane Forster

List of regions

  • In Northern Ireland
  • Armagh City, Banbridge And Craigavon Council