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About the RDS Photo Catalogue

RDS Photos Online is a digital repository of images from collections in the Royal Dublin Society Library. The subject matter of the images covers the entire spectrum of the activities of the RDS from the Dublin Horse Show to its Foundation subjects of Arts, Science & Technology, Agriculture & Rural Affairs and Industry & Commerce.

Currently, RDS Photos Online contains images from the Maymes Ansell Horse Show Archive, 1966 - 2000, Tony Parkes Horse Show Archive, 2005-Present and images from the RDS Archives.

Maymes Ansell Horse Show Archive, 1966-2000 contains images taken by a professional photographer, Mrs Maymes Ansell and were donated to the RDS Library because of the connection with the RDS. There are approximately 20,000 negatives, 600 contact sheets and 900 prints (mostly black and white). Funding from the Heritage Council enabled the RDS Library to undertake a cataloguing project to make this archive more accessible.

The Tony Parkes Archive is a collection of digital images relating to the RDS Dublin Horse Show from 2005 to the present. Tony Parkes is a professional photographer who continues to photograph at the Horse Show each year.

The RDS Archives contain a wide ranging collection of printed, manuscript and photographic material that reflect the Society's interest and participation in the fields of science, art, industry and agriculture in Ireland. This includes images of the Dublin Horse Show, along with catalogues, programmes and related ephemera of the Dublin Horse Show throughout it's history.

Images are displayed here at low resolution, and accompanied by basic information such as catalogue, title and date. Copies of high-resolution versions of these images can be ordered through RDS Photos Online. It is hoped that further image collections will be brought online in the near future.