Exterior of The Butter Museum, Cork, Ireland

The content of this webpage is changed regularly. Material that has been showcased previously is available here.

May 20, 2020

This is a series of photographs of the interior of small creameries and separating station, probably from around the 1910s or 1920s. Their origins are unclear but it may be that they used in the journal of the Department of Agriculture and Technical Instruction. There is no indication of the location of these creameries. [ view full screen ]

May 20, 2020
May 20, 2020
001 Small creamery with belt driven single wooden horizontal churn; the image also shows the cooler, between the doorway on the churn. The sign above the door reads “DAIRY SUPPLY CO. LTD, Dairy Engineers, Oxford Street, Belfast”.
002 Detail showing Dairy Supply Co. sign above door in the previous image; DAIRY SUPPLY CO. LTD, Dairy Engineers, Oxford Street, Belfast.
003 Belt driven wooden horizontal churn. Note the steps up to the churn to allow inspection and extraction of the butter. Note also the tap at the side of the churn to allow the butter milk.
004 Butter worker; butter had to be “worked” after churning to remove excess moisture. Few butter workers survive as the process was incorporated into the butter churn, as can be seen by the gearing on side of the churn.
Left: 005 Gearing on an early churn. Right: 006 Gearing on a churn with the butter worker incorporated.
007 Churn, butter worker and cream coolers.
008 Cutaway showing a churn with the butter worker incorporated.
009 Belt driven, end over churns; these type of churns are unusual in a creamery.
010 Creamery interior; note the twenty gallon milk can beside the churn.
011 Interior of a separating station; the cylindrical cooler in the middle foreground was made by the Dairy Engineering Company. The vat on the platform behind the cylinder was for the separated cream.
Detail showing the poster beside the shelving in 011. The poster reads MEADOWS AND PASTURES / Unclear / DROGHEDA / XXX SUPERGRASS / MANURE / Unclear / James M. Beattie.
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May 20, 2020

The Butter Museum is closed for the present, due to the public health situation. We are therefore using digital media to make our collection open to the public; this website, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, YouTube.

Apr 29, 2020
Dairy Engineering Company catalogue
Apr 29, 2020
Mar 23, 2020

Inside of a modern Gea continuous butter maker

Mar 23, 2020
Jan 31, 2020

Im – I am (8:24) performed at The Butter Museum on 12 September 2019. Choreographed and performed by Sara Hernández Páramo. Music composed by JJ Riordan with Dara O’Brien. Voice Carrie McCollum. Video by Eoin Ó hAnnracháin

Jan 31, 2020
Oct 29, 2019
Oct 18, 2019

Scenes from the recent exhibition at Dairygold in Mitchelstown marking the centenary of Mitchelstown Co-op.  The Butter Museum loaned a number of items for the exhibition.

Oct 18, 2019
Oct 15, 2019
Oct 15, 2019
Oct 10, 2019

Gloria enjoying the leftover butter milk from our butter making at the Cork Public Museum, part of the Digging the Past Programme; Beans is taking a cautious few drops.

Oct 10, 2019
Oct 07, 2019
Oct 04, 2019

Poster for the forthcoming performance of IM-IAM

Oct 04, 2019
Oct 04, 2019

Scenes from butter making demonstrations at the Cork Public Museum on Friday 27th September as part of the “Dig the Past” programme of events.

Oct 04, 2019
Oct 02, 2019
Sep 23, 2019

Images from Sara Hernandez’s performance of IM-I AM at the Museum on Thursday 12th of September.  The piece was also choreographed by Ms Hernandez.

Sep 23, 2019
Sep 16, 2019
Jul 24, 2019

Don at a recent butter making; photo by Christiana Kazakou

Jul 24, 2019
Jul 24, 2019

Ballingarry, Co. Tipperary butter wrapper

Jul 24, 2019
Jul 22, 2019
Jul 22, 2019
Jul 19, 2019

Cow’s udder from The Book of the Dairy, by W. Fleishmann (1896)

Jul 19, 2019
May 25, 2019

Press Launch for the Old Butter Roads Food Festival

May 25, 2019
May 13, 2019
May 13, 2019
Mar 01, 2019

Images of the refurbished Butter Museum, which opened today.

Mar 01, 2019
Jan 10, 2019

Grazing, Lismore, Co, Waterford, December 2018

Jan 10, 2019
Jan 10, 2019
Jan 04, 2019

Ceramic plate for cutting butter; from a shop in Co. Sligo.  Made by J. Newman, Scale Manufacturer and General Shopfitter, 136 Capel Street, Dublin.

Jan 04, 2019
Jan 03, 2019
Jan 03, 2019

Clearout preparatory to the refurbishment

Jan 03, 2019
Jan 03, 2019

Memorial Plaque and Statue in Dungarvan, Co. Waterford

Jan 03, 2019
Jan 03, 2019

German Butter Girl

Jan 03, 2019
Nov 07, 2018

Some of our milk churns in the lift en route upstairs.  The ground floor is being cleared in preparation for the refurbishment that is to start soon.

Nov 07, 2018
Nov 07, 2018

Scenes from the 4th Annual Lecture in UCC on the 1st November.  Joe Gill, from Goodbody Stockbroker’s, gave a talk on Irish Food in the Next Century.

Nov 07, 2018
Oct 28, 2018

Fermoy Men’s  Club outside the Museum after a tour on Tuesday.

Oct 28, 2018
Oct 22, 2018

Walking tour of Shandon as part of Urban October, Sunday 14th October

Oct 22, 2018
Oct 04, 2018

View of a group of French agriculture students in the Museum last Monday

Oct 04, 2018
Oct 04, 2018

A group of Austrian travel writers, and their guide, Miriam Ahern, prior to their visit to the Museum last Saturday. 

Oct 04, 2018
Oct 01, 2018

Oola Creamery, Oola, Co. Limerick, Sep 2018

Oct 01, 2018
Sep 24, 2018

Scenes from a recent walking tour of Shandon

Sep 24, 2018
Sep 13, 2018
Sep 13, 2018
Sep 13, 2018

In Bruges

Sep 13, 2018
Sep 06, 2018

List of butter merchants in Cork city in 1856; of the seventy two listed, two thirds are in the Shandon area

Sep 06, 2018
Sep 06, 2018

Extract from a recent post on Conde Nast.com on Cork.  The Butter Museum is described as “interesting”. A link to the full piece, by Mark Bolton, is on our links page.

Sep 06, 2018