Conserving your Dublin Period House – IGS Lecture Series


The Irish Georgian Society and Dublin City Council presents a twelve-week lunchtime lecture series. Lectures take place from 1pm to 2pm on Tuesdays in February, March & April 2013 at 63 Merrion Square.

A team of leading conservation experts will present talks on the history and significance of Dublin’s period houses and practical information on their care and conservation. Attendance at the talks will greatly benefit owners of all periods and types of houses, from the modest Edwardian artisan dwelling to the substantial red bricks of the Victorian suburbs and the fine townhouses of our Georgian city squares, providing an A to Z for their care and repair.

It is possible to attend all, one, or as many of the talks as you wish. The talks are priced at €10 (€5 students), which you may pay for at the door or book in advance for a special reduced price of €100 (€50 students) for all 12 lectures. Complimentary to the Tuesday talks will be a Saturday morning walking tour, at additional cost of €10 (€5 students).

These talks will also benefit building professionals and practitioners & are approved for CPD by the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland, Engineers Ireland and the CIF Heritage Contractors scheme.

More information at the Irish Georgian Society


Tuesday 12th February – Dublin’s Domestic Architecture: its historic stylistic evolution by Charles Duggan, Heritage Officer, Dublin City Council

Tuesday 19th February – My House is a Protected Structure: what does this mean by Jacqui Donnelly, Architect, Architectural Heritage Advisory Unit, DoAHG

Tuesday 26th February – Historic Windows: their history, significance and conservation by Dr Nessa Roche, Architectural Conservation Advisor, Architectural Heritage Advisory Unit, DoAHG & author of DoAHG Advice Series, A Guide to the Repair of Historic Windows

MARCH 2013

Tuesday 5th March- Dublin’s Historic Doors & Staircases: their stylistic evolution & conservation by Peter Clarke, Dublin Institute of Technology

Tuesday 12th March –Energy Performance in Protected Structures: planning implications and grants by Carl Raftery, Conservation Research Officer, Dublin City Council

Tuesday 19th March – Historic Bricks: their history, significance and conservation by Susan Roundtree, Senior Architect, Dublin City Council & co-author of DoAHG Advice Series, A Guide to the Repair of Historic Brickwork

Tuesday 26th March –Historic Pointing Techniques in Dublin & the Importance of Using Lime by Grainne Shaffrey, Principal, Shaffrey Associates Architects, Grade I RIAI Conservation practice

APRIL 2013

Tuesday 2nd April – Historic Ironwork: its history, significance and conservation by Ali Davey, Historic Scotland & author of DoAHG’s Advice Series: Repair of Wrought & Cast Ironwork

Tuesday 9th April – Historic Decorative Plasterwork: its history, significance and conservation by Andrew Smith, historic plasterwork conservator.

Tuesday 16th April – Sensitively Extending your Period House by Nicki Matthews, Dublin City Council Conservation Officer & member of the RIAI Historic Buildings Committee

Tuesday 23rd April – Cracks, Subsidence & Structural Alterations by Lisa Edden, consultant structural engineer & co-author of DoAHG Advice Series, A Guide to the Repair of Historic Roofs.

Tuesday 30th April – Dublin’s Period House Gardens: adapting for contemporary use whilst respecting their design & ecology by Bernard Seymour, Landscape Architect.

WALKING TOUR 11am Saturday 20th April (duration 2 hrs)

Dr Susan Galavan, MRIAI, will lead a walking tour examining the architectural form, style and detailing of Northumberland Road, D2. Built over the course of six decades in the 19th century its buildings which vary from tall red-brick terraces to fine semi-detached houses provide an exemplar of the development of Dublin’s Victorian domestic architecture.