(IN THE OWNERSHIP AND CARE OF THE EDWARD RICHARDS-ORPEN MEMORIAL TRUST)
HOLDS A LARGE COLLECTION OF PERSONAL AND ESTATE PAPERS, PHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGES
AND COLLECTABLES OF THE RICHARDS AND ORPEN FAMILIES OF COUNTIES WEXFORD AND KERRY. SOME DOCUMENTS IN THE ARCHIVES DATE BACK TO THE 17TH CENTURY.
Monksgrange as it is today, 250 years old in 2019
Monksgrange Archives will be enhanced by ensuring the preservation and long term care of its collections by increasing access, by widening its audience and overcoming barriers, and by building relationships with the wider community.
The near 10 year project of sorting, arranging and cataloguing a vast collection of family papers at Monksgrange began in 2008. Historian Dr. Philip Bull was working on material originally stored in drawers, cupboards, boxes and even 40 gallon steel drums; while some of the material was in farm outbuildings in far from ideal conditions, overall the papers are in a remarkably good state. Some are in urgent need of professional conservation/preservation treatment. The archives are now kept in a standard controlled environment.
Dr. Philip Bull, historian, at work at Monksgrange Archives.