Posted in archives, Display, Exhibitions, Genealogy, Group Work, Posters, Research, Resources

Family Tree Exhibition

Fam Tree poster

The theme for Catholic Schools’ Week is family, and as the whole school will celebrate this week, here in Archives and the Digital Learning Centre we’ve focused on two displays; a window displaying both books and DVDs featuring families.

Family Window

We put together a small exhibition of family trees from both staff and students. Many of our 4th year students undertake this as a project, and work with us here in the DLC (Digital Learning Centre) on locating as much information from both living relatives, our census records, old documents and photographs in the family home.

Full Exhibition

Many of our students have had fathers, grandfathers and even great grandfathers attending Blackrock College, and as we have a dedicated Archives department we hold numerous records about past pupils. Clare and Caroline prepared some material to illustrate the kinds of materials that are held and how our students can go about locating them.


Here is a snapshot of some of the family trees that have been put together – well done to all students and staff.

Posted in archives, Art, Spaces

Archives Project: John ffrench sculpture conservation

Hello from the archives!

We recently acquired a beautiful John ffrench terracotta sculpture for the college. John ffrench was the leading pioneer of contemporary ceramics in Ireland, who was a past student Blackrock College.

You can take a look at some of his work here


Above: John ffrench

We are delighted to have an authentic ffrench piece to be displayed alongside so many other pieces by talented past students.

The sculpture arrived to us in less than perfect condition; it had been displayed in a home and been moved around a few times. It had a considerable amount of dust and dirt on in, along with a few missing parts. We have brought in an expert conservator, Lorna Barnes, for the job. The work is far too complex and specialised for me and Caroline to complete, as we would risk damaging the art.

John ffrench 48 ceramics on board

Above: The work as it arrived initially.

Lorna has been working away this week carefully cleaning and fixing the small breaks in the sculpture.

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Above: Lorna working.

We are very lucky to acquire such a detailed piece by John ffrench, and we look forward to seeing how it looks when the conservation is complete.