Miniature Masterpieces

Two Irish postal stamps illustrated with a harp

Miniature Masterpieces

100 Years of Irish Stamps

Stamps provide a unique perspective on how we see ourselves and how we wish to be seen. As the Decade of Centenaries draws to a close, this exhibition will examine Irish identity through the medium of these little pieces of printed paper. Designed originally to show prepayment of postage, the humble stamp gradually became much more than a receipt as it transformed into an object of rare artistry, a symbol of nationhood and a miniature ambassador that quietly represents nations and their peoples throughout the world.

“It is fitting that an exhibition about stamps should be held here in the National Print Museum where the traditional craft of the
printer is celebrated” – Stephen Ferguson, Exhibition Curator and Company Archivist & Museum Curator at An Post

The exhibition is a collaboration between the National Print Museum and An Post – supported by the Department of Tourism,
Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media and the Department of Environment, Climate and Communications.

Opening in late October, free admission.

Book a tour with the curator on 15 November, or a tour with the exhibition designer on 17 November.