Explore Your Archives - the Wide Street Commission Maps

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Wide Street CommissionThe Wide Street Commission was established in 1757, and was Ireland’s first planning authority. Over its 94-year existence, it had a major impact on the development of Georgian Dublin.
The records of Wide Street Commission are preserved by Dublin City Archives, and include over 900 manuscript maps of Dublin dating from 17th to 19th century, which are subject to an ongoing conservation project. The maps were conserved with part funding from the Heritage Council under the Heritage Management Grant Scheme. To celebrate this, Maeve Casserly, Dublin City Council Historian-in-Residence hosts two events:

Saturday 18 November from 10am to 11am - A guided tour around the City Centre exploring the work and legacy of the Wide Streets Commission. Meeting point: Main entrance of Dublin City Hall. Booking essential at https://widestreettour.eventbrite.ie

Saturday 18 November from 3.30pm to 4.30pm - A workshop exploring the maps of the Wide Streets Commission. Location: Dublin City Library and Archive, Pearse Street. In this workshop you'll see how the city architects reshaped the medieval city through their maps and sketches. Booking essential at https://widestreetworkshop.eventbrite.ie

Both events are free.

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Part of Explore Your Archive 18 - 26 November 2017

Explore Your Archive’ campaign is an initiative of the Archives and Records Association of Ireland and UK which aims to raise awareness of archives, their value to society and the impact they have on individual lives.
Our twitter accounts @dclareadingroom and @dubhistorians will be a lively celebration of our collections throughout the week. Keep an eye on #explorearchives!















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