Conserving your Dublin Period House Lectures


The Irish Georgian Society and Dublin City Council has assembled a team of leading conservation experts to deliver a lecture series on the significance of Dublin’s period houses and practical information on their care and conservation. The lectures will be of interest to owners and guardians of all periods and types of houses, from the modest Edwardian artisan dwellings to the substantial red bricks of the Victorian suburbs and the fine townhouses of our Georgian city squares.

Lectures, starting on the evening of Wednesday 26th October (6-9pm) and continuing for six consecutive weeks, will take place in the Helen Roe Theatre, RSAI, 63 Merrion Square, D 2.

It is possible to attend an individual evening session, which comprises two lectures (€25 or €15 for students), which you may pay for in advance or at the door on the evening, or book in advance for the whole course at a special discounted price of €130 (€70 for students). Price includes tea/coffee.

This is an action of Dublin City Council’s Heritage and Conservation Offices and the Irish Georgian Society’s Conservation Outreach Programme. The Conservation Outreach Programme is kindly supported by Merrion Property Group and the J Paul Getty Jnr Charitable Trust. These lectures are approved for CPD by the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland, Engineers Ireland and the CIF Heritage Contractors scheme.


Evening 1 – Wednesday 26th October
Dublin’s Domestic Architecture: its historic stylistic evolution by Charles Duggan, Heritage Officer, Dublin City Council
What Does it Mean to Live in a Protected Structure: Conservation Principles & Legislation by Sarah Halpin, Conservation Research Officer, Dublin City Council
Energy Efficiency in Protected Structures: planning implications and grants by Carl Raftery, Conservation Research Officer, Dublin City Council

Evening 2 – Wednesday 2nd November
Dublin’s Historic Doors and Staircases: their stylistic evolution & conservation by Peter Clark, Dublin Institute of Technology
Historic Windows; their history, significance & conservation Dr Nessa Roche, Architectural Advisor, Architectural Heritage Advisory Unit, DoAHG & author of DoAHG Advice Series A Guide to the Repair of Historic Windows

Evening 3 – Wednesday 9th November
Historic Bricks; their history, significance & conservation by Susan Roundtree, Senior Architect, Dublin City Council & co-author of DoAHG Advice Series, A Guide to the Repair of Historic Brickwork
Historic Pointing Techniques in Dublin & the Importance of Using Lime by Grainne Shaffrey, Principal, Shaffrey Associates Architects, Grade I RIAI Conservation Architect & member of Building Limes Forum Ireland

Evening 4 – Wednesday 16th November
Historic ironwork; its history, significance & conservation by Ali Davey, Head of Technical Outreach & Education, Historic Scotland & author of DoAHG Advice Series: Repair of Wrought & Cast ironwork
‘A Stitch in Time Saves Nine’; the Importance of Preventative Maintenance by Frank Keohane, Associate, Paul Arnold Architects & author of Period Houses: A Conservation Manual

Evening 5 – Wednesday 23rd November
Sensitively Extending your Period House by Nicola Mathews, Dublin City Council Conservation Officer & member of the RIAI Historic Buildings Committee
Cracks, Subsidence and Structural Alterations, by Lisa Edden, consultant structural engineer & co-author of the DoAHG Advice Series A Guide to Repair of Historic Roofs

Evening 6 – Wednesday 30th November
Pealing Back the Years: Dublin’s historic wallpapers, their significance & conservation, by David Skinner, historic wallpaper conservator
Historic Decorative Plasterwork; its history, significance & conservation by Andrew Smith, historic plasterwork conservator