WSC Map Conservation Project 2016

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Heritage Council LogoDublin City Archives is delighted to announce that we have received a €4,000 grant from the Heritage Council of Ireland under the Heritage Management Project Scheme 2016 to conserve 23 Wide Street Commission Maps.

The maps date from the eighteenth century and document the work of the Wide Street Commissioners in moulding the development of Georgian Dublin. It includes maps relating to Sackville street (present day O’Connell street), College Green, and Dame street. The maps are historically significant, not only from a local and national perspective, but also because they reflect the European Age of Enlightenment and the Commissioners constant attempts to improve the city by the rational application of scientific and aesthetic principals.

The conservation work will be carried out by Liz D’Arcy, a qualified paper conservator, in accordance with the principals of conservation best practice. It will include the removal of surface dirt, repairing of tearing and creases, and where necessary lining the primary support with Japanese paper adhered with wheat starch paste. Each map will be carefully photographed, and a surrogate digital image made available online to minimise handling of the original. The original map will than be placed in archival quality polyester sleeves and stored in map cabinets in our purpose built strong room which has humidity and temperature controls. The conservation project will be completed by end of November 2016 and the conserved maps will than be available to consulted by researchers by prior appointment in the Reading Room of Dublin City Library and Archive.

WSC/Maps/362/2 Before Conservation In order to raise awareness of the conservation process and the heritage significance of the maps, Dublin City Archives will publish a number of blogs about the project throughout 2016. We will also organise a seminar during Heritage Week 2016 on "Living in Georgian Dublin" to take place in the Council Chamber, City Hall, on Wednesday 24 August 2016 and to include papers by researchers who have accessed Wide Street Commission maps during course of their research.

The conservation project is managed by Senior Archivist, Ellen Murphy and the €4000 grant from Heritage Council of Ireland is matched by additional funding provided by Dublin City Council through the auspices of Dublin City Archives and Dublin City Council Heritage Office. This project is as part of ongoing multi- year project to conserve and digitise the entire 800 Wide Street Commission map series.

Search and browse the Archive of the Wide Street Commission Maps online.


Very exiting news. I look forward to the blog updates.

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