The Birth of Europe

The Book of Kells: Turning Darkness Into Light

The Book of Kells is one of the most beautiful illuminated manuscripts in the world. Written on vellum, it contains a Latin text of the four Gospels in insular majuscule script accompanied by magnificent and intricate whole pages of decoration.

​The exhibition, Turning Darkness into Light, places the 9th century manuscript in its historical setting and enables the visitor to acquire a real appreciation of its beauty and significance.

Exquisite back-lit graphics and commissioned film reveal the process of creation and the intricacies of detailing.

​The exhibition builds a sense of drama and anticipation prior to visitors entering the Treasury to encounter Ireland’s best-known national treasure.

Project type

Heritage / Visitor Attraction

Scope of works

  • Interpretative Planning
  • Exhibition Design and Creative Direction
  • Graphic Design
  • Construction Management




Trinity College, Dublin



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