Conserving your Dublin Period House

19_doorway_lgeA team of leading conservation experts, a number of them from Dublin City Council’s Heritage and Conservation Offices, have been assembled to deliver a lunchtime lecture series on the understanding and care of Dublin’s period houses. Aimed at those with an interest in Dublin’s historic houses, the series will examine all periods and types of houses, from the modest Edwardian artisan dwellings to the substantial red bricks of the Victorian suburbs and the fine townhouses of our Georgian city squares. The lecture series will provide an appreciation of the significance of every aspect of Dublin’s historic houses and practical information on their card, conservation and maintenance. The lectures will be of particular interest to owners of Dublin’s many Protected Structures and buildings located within Architectural Conservation Areas but also the many non-protected traditionally built Dublin period houses.

A certificate of attendance will be issued to those who attend all the lectures. The lectures are approved for structured CPD by the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland (12 points) and Engineers Ireland. Lectures, which will start on Wednesday 2nd March 2011 (from 1pm to 2pm) and continue for 12 weeks, and will take place in the Helen Roe Theatre, RSAI, 63 Merrion Square, Dublin 2.

It is possible to attend all, one or as many of the lectures as you wish. The lectures are priced at €10 which you may pay at the door or book in advance for a special price of €100 for all 12 lectures (half price for fulltime students with card). To book contact the Irish Georgian Society, 74 Merrion Square, D.2 (tel: 01 6767053/email: web:

  • Wednesday 2nd March,
    “Dublin’s Domestic Architecture: its history and significance,”

    by Charles Duggan, Heritage Officer, Dublin City Council

  • Wednesday 9th March,
    “Conservation Principles and Grant Aid: how to apply and what to consider,”

    by Sarah Halpin, Conservation Research Officer, Dublin City Council

  • Wednesday 16 March,
    “A Stitch in Time Saves Nine: the importance of preventative maintenance,”

    by Frank Keohane, Associate, Paul Arnold Architects

  • Wednesday 23rd March,
    “Historic Windows: their history, significance and conservation,”

    by Dr Nessa Roche, Architectural Advisor, Architectural Heritage Advisory Unit, DoEHLG

  • Wednesday 30th March,
    “What You Need to Know About Historic Roofs: their history, significance and conservation,”

    by Nicola Matthews, Conservation Officer, Dublin City Council

  • Wednesday 6th April,
    “Keeping the Water Out & What to Do When the Water Gets In,”

    by Lisa Edden, consultant structural engineer

  • Wednesday 13th April,
    “Historic Bricks: their history, significance and conservation,”

    by Susan Roundtree, Senior Architect, Dublin City Council

  • Wednesday 20th April,
    “Historic Plasterwork: its history, significance and conservation,”

    by Andrew Smith, historic plasterwork consultant

  • Wednesday 27th April,
    “Historic Ironwork: its history, significance and conservation,”

    by Ali Davey, Head of Technical Outreach and Education, Historic Scotland

  • Wednesday 4th May,
    “Historic Pointing Techniques in Dublin and the Importance of Using Lime,”

    by Grainne Shaffrey, Principal, Shaffrey Associates Architects & member of Building Limes Forum Ireland

  • Wednesday 11th May,
    “Historic Gardens: their history, significance and conservation,”

    by Belinda Jupp, Historic Gardens Consultant

  • Wednesday 18th May,
    “Cracks, Subsidence and Structural Alterations,”

    by Lisa Edden, consultant structural engineer

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