Exhibiting the Pearse family Christmas crib every December has become something of a Christmas festive tradition at the Pearse Museum. This year however, it will be even more special as we will display the crib figures for the first time since they underwent a significant programme of conservation. This delicate and nuanced work was carried out by sculpture conservator Jason Ellis, and was completed just in time for Christmas. Jason is also a distinguished sculptor in his own right, so in addition to conserving and repairing the set, he was also commissioned to produce a piece which could replace the lost figure of the Virgin Mary which has not survived. These nativity figures were among the contents of the Pearse family home and were left to the State by Senator Margaret Pearse prior to her death in 1968. She was the sister of Patrick and William Pearse, both of whom were executed for their roles in the 1916 Rising. The crib figures were found in the house stored in a small tin trunk which bore the initials ‘MBP’, presumably those of Mary Brigid Pearse, the youngest of the Pearse siblings.