The Robert Day Collection

Collection label of Robert Day of CorkRobert Day (1836-1914) was an Irish antiquarian and photographer. His family’s business provided the funds which allowed him to acquire a large and extensive collection of archaeological artefacts found in Ireland, which were auctioned in 1915. The Archaeology Department of University College Cork is engaged in an ongoing project to try and trace items from this auction.

A H Bishop purchased some items from this auction which are now in The Hunterian. These can be identified by their attached handwritten labels and some can also be matched with their auction lot number or from their description in the catalogue. Other items from Day’s collection are in the Hunt Museum in Limerick.