Living in Georgian Dublin seminar

On Wednesday 24th August, Dublin City Library and Archive will host a free seminar titled ‘Living in Georgian Dublin’ in the Council Chamber of Dublin’s City Hall - one of Dublin's premier neoclassical buildings.

This seminar, which runs from 9:00 a.m to 3:00 p.m will consist of a variety of talks exploring aspects of Georgian life in Dublin from shopping to architecture to life in the townhouse. It will also include papers relating to two important collections held at Dublin City Library and Archive from the Georgian Period; Dublin Paving Board archives and the Wide Street Commission Map collection.
This map collection has been subject to a major conservation program funded by Dublin City Council with the support from the Heritage Management Grant Scheme 2016 which is administered by the Heritage Council of Ireland.

Speaking ahead of the seminar, Cllr Dermot Lacey, representing the Lord Mayor, said “Our Dublin of today is very much a product of past experiences and much of the fabric of Dublin city as it survives was laid out during the Georgian period, when Dublin was the second city of the British empire. I would like to commend Dublin City Library and Archive for organising this engaging seminar for Heritage Week 2016 and their ongoing work to promote archival collections and research relating to this significant period of Dublin's history”

Admission is free but booking is required – or
01 6744806.


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Seminar Schedule

  • 9.00 am Registration and welcome

Session 1:

  • 9.30am           Restoration of 19 North Great George's Street Residence” Harold Clarke
  • 10.00am         Conserving Wide Street Commission Maps 1757-1849: Case-study Liz D’Arcy, Conservator, Paperworks Studio
  • 10.30am         Q & A with Session 1 Speakers
  • 10.45am         Tea-Break

Session 2:

  • 11.15am         The Georgians: from country house to the 'season' in Dublin Dr. Patricia McCarthy, Architectural Historian
  • 11.45am         The Dublin Paving Board (1774-1847): Management of Georgian Dublin's Streets. Dr. Finnian O'Cionnaith, Cartographer and historian
  • 12.15pm         Going Shopping in Georgian Dublin  Sarah Foster, Design historian; CIT Crawford College of Art & Design, Cork
  • 12.45 pm        Q & A with Session 2 Speakers
  • 1.00 pm          Lunch (not provided)

Session 3:

  • 2.00pm           Georgian Dublin: The forces that shaped the city Dr. Diarmuid O Grada, Planner and UCD lecturer
  • 2.30pm           The development of Dublin’s North City 1610-1800 William Cumming, Director National Inventory of Architectural Heritage
  • 3.00pm           Q & A with Session 3 Speakers & Conclusion