Exploring Georgian Dublin

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Charlemont HouseThe Georgian period was an important era in the development of Dublin city. Beginning in 1714 with the coronation of King George I and ending with the the death of King George IV in 1830, it has left a lasting impression on the landscape of the city. We immediately think of the Georgian architecture of Mountjoy Square, Merrion Square, Fitzwilliam Square and Henrietta Street and of great architects such as James Gandon, Edward Lovett Pearce and William Chambers.

During Heritage Week 2016 we are celebrating this influential era with a free full day seminar, 'Living in Georgian Dublin', which will explore a wide range of topics including the architecture, shops, street paving and the politics of the period. Speakers include Harold Clarke, Liz D'Arcy, Dr Patricia McCarthy, Dr Finnian O'Cionnaith, Dr Sarah Foster, Dr. Diarmuid O Grada and William Cumming.

Image: Charlemont House, Rutland Square. Engraving from the Dublin Penny Journal. View larger image

The increased wealth, status of the city and a growing population, created a need to modernise Dublin. Between 1757- 1851, the Wide Street Commission had a major impact on the on development of the city, transforming it from a medieval city to the Dublin we know today.  Its function was to provide “Wide and Convenient Streets” for Dublin and it had extensive powers to acquire property by compulsory purchase, develop new streets, demolish buildings and impose design standards on building lots which were sold to developers. Dublin City Archives hold the Wide Street Commission Archives, which comprises maps, minute books and drawings.

At the seminar, Liz D'Arcy will discuss her work conserving Wide Street Commission maps as part of an ongoing project supported by the Heritage Management Scheme. Watch a short video about the conservation project:

Books on Georgian Dublin

Excercise of Authority by Finnian O'CionnaithWe are lucky to have many experts on Georgian Dublin speaking at the seminar. Here are some books they have written on the subject, with links to our catalogue:

Here are a few more recommended sources for anyone interested in Georgian Dublin

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