The Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
The Department develops, promotes and implements policies and legislation for protecting Ireland’s built heritage.
The Irish Georgian Society & Building Skills Register
The Irish Georgian Society aims to encourage an interest in and also to promote the conservation of architecture and allied arts in Ireland. They maintain a Traditional Building Skills Register listing craftspeople and professionals with conservation expertise. They also provide advice for house owners on How to Research Your Period House
The Heritage Council
The Heritage Council’s mission is to engage, educate and advocate a wider understanding of the contribution heritage makes to our social, environmental and economic well-being. They provide grant support to a range of heritage projects including built heritage projects.
The Irish Architectural Archives
The Irish Architectural Archive holds the largest collection of information on Ireland’s buildings and those who designed them. They also maintain an online Dictionary of Irish Architects. This contains biographical and bibliographical information on architects, builders and craftsmen born or working in Ireland from 1720 to 1940, and information on the buildings on which they worked.
Dublin City Library & Archives
The library holds an extensive range of information relating to the history of Dublin City. The archives contains records of the civic government of Dublin from 1171 to the late 20th century. Their extensive archives includes the Wide Street Commission Conserved Maps. They also have a wide range of digital images in their Digital Collections. They have made an interesting series of films on the history of a selection Dublin Buildings. These films are designed as a resource for schools. They also provide an online service dedicated to Dublin’s Heritage which focuses primarily on databases derived from printed and other historic records related to Dublin city and surrounding administrative areas.
Dublin Civic Trust
Dublin Civic Trust is an educational trust with charitable status, whose objective is the recognition and protection of the city’s architectural heritage. Their website contains information about the city’s built heritage.
Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland
The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) is the Regulatory and Support body for Architects in Ireland. They maintain an Online Practice Directory where you can search for accredited conservation architects.
National Inventory of Ireland (NIAH)
The NIAH is a section within the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. The work of the NIAH involves the identification and recording of the architectural heritage of Ireland, from 1700 to the present day. Their website provides a wealth of information on Ireland’s built heritage.
National Library of Ireland
The National Library of Ireland has an extensive range of historical material relating to the history of Dublin and its built heritage. This includes an extensive range of digital images which can be accessed via their website.
The Register of Heritage Contractors aims to provide contractors with the opportunity to demonstrate their proficiency in the field of heritage works, while providing both public and private clients with an accessible list of reliable heritage contractors.
The Trinity Glucksman Map Library in Trinity College Dublin holds over half a million maps and atlases and is the largest collection of printed maps in Ireland. Although open to non-Trinity College students, members of the public are required to make an appointment in advance of their arrival.
The National Archives of Ireland hold the records of the modern Irish State and document its historic evolution and the creation of a national identity. Their records relate to all parts of Ireland and have enormous research potential as they provide essential primary source material for people seeking to understand the political, economic and social forces which have shaped the nation.
The Royal Irish Academy Library manages a major collection of manuscript, book, pamphlet and drawings. They offer access and outreach programmes, hold exhibitions and lecture series and publish on their collections.
The Industrial Heritage Association of Ireland was established to foster a greater understanding and appreciation of the many thousands of sites, monuments and items of machinery that together constitute our industrial heritage.
Construct Ireland is an Irish magazine dedicated to sustainable construction in Ireland. Their magazine includes several case studies on articles on historic buildings and technical conservation issues. This includes technical research on the problematic issue of drylining and mould in historic structures in five parts called ‘Breaking the Mould’ which can be accessed on their website.
English & Scottish websites which also provide useful information & advice
English Heritage is the British Governments statutory adviser on the historic environment. They look after the historic environment, including historic buildings, monuments and areas, and archaeological remains. They have a number of useful publications relating to building conservation which will be of interest to owners of protected and historic buildings as well as conservation professionals.
Climate Change & Your Home
English Heritage maintains this website which provides information, publications and advice to help building owners understand more about the potential impacts of climate change and ways to save energy if they own or manage an older building.
This includes the The Technical Research Unit at Historic Scotland which is at the forefront of technical research relating to the built environment. They have a number of technical papers on the website which will be of interest to owners of protected and historic buildings as well as conservation professionals.
Society for the Preservation of Ancient Buildings is the largest, oldest and most technically expert national pressure group in England fighting to save old buildings from decay, demolition and damage. They run regular educational and outreach programmes and have a number of useful publications relating to building conservation which will be of interest to owners of protected and historic buildings as well as conservation professionals.
For more information
Dublin City Council
Block 3, Floor 3
Tel: (01) 222 3926, (01) 222 3090, (01) 222 3927, (01) 222 5220, (01) 222 3962
Fax: (01) 222 2271