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The vision of the Irish Georgian Society is to conserve, protect and foster an interest and a respect for Ireland’s architectural heritage and decorative arts.

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Conserving Your Dublin Period House - 12 February to 26 April: IGS and Dublin City Council have assembled a team of conservation experts to present a series of talks on the history and significance of Dublin’s period houses and practical advice on their conservation. More info.

2018: Our Year in Review - 2018 was a landmark year for the Irish Georgian Society! The Society celebrated the completion of the restoration of the City Assembly House and the refurbishment of the Knight of Glin Exhibition Room. The CAH has been returned to its original use as an exhibition and performance space, in the heart of Dublin’s historic South Georgian Core. Read our full year in review.

Irish Georgian Society Conservation Grants Programme 2018 - The IGS grants programme has been supported through the work of its London Chapter whose members organise events throughout the year in aid of Ireland’s built heritage. The total value of grants awarded in 2018 amounted to €46,300.

Read about the projects here.

Exhibiting Art in Georgian Ireland: The Society of Artists's Exhibitions Recreated (video) - To mark the restoration of the City Assembly House and to celebrate the Society of Artists in Ireland who erected the building over 250 years ago, the Irish Georgian Society hosted an exhibition from 16 June to 29 July 2018 of eighteenth-century Irish paintings. Watch the video.

Irish Architectural and Decorative Studies journal boxes by Duffy’s Bookbinders - Volume XX of Irish Architectural and Decorative Studies will be in stock shortly. A new set of 4 journal boxes has been issued to coincide with this milestone. Made by Duffy’s Bookbinders in Dublin, these beautiful boxes are the perfect way to store and display your journals. How to buy.

Built by the Society of Artists in the 1760s and '70s, the City Assembly House has since served as Dublin's City Hall, as the founding home of the Conservatory of Music, and as a museum. Today it is being restored as the new home of the Irish Georgian Society.

Read the history of the building.

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10.01.2019

Conserving your Dublin Period House: Spring 2019

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The Irish Georgian Society and Dublin City Council have assembled a team of conservation experts to present a series of talks on the history and significance of Dublin’s period houses and practical advice on their 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 conservation.

The talks are recognised as CPD by the CIF Register of Heritage Contractors, Engineers Ireland, the Irish Planning Institute and the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland.

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21.12.2018

2018: Our Year in Review

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2018 was a landmark year for the Irish Georgian Society! The Society celebrated the completion of the restoration of the City Assembly House and the refurbishment of the Knight of Glin Exhibition Room. The City Assembly House has been returned to its original use as an exhibition and performance space, in the heart of Dublin’s historic South Georgian Core.

The Society hosted two major art exhibitions in the Knight of Glin Exhibition Room: 'Exhibiting Art in Georgian Ireland: The Society of Artists' Exhibitions Recreated' and 'Vain Transitory Splendours': The Irish Country House and the Art of John Nankivell’, as well as publishing two accompanying catalogues, ensuring there is lasting scholarship on both subjects.

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17.12.2018

IGS Conservation Grants Programme 2018

The Irish Georgian Society’s grants programme has been supported through the work of its London Chapter whose members organise events throughout the year in aid of Ireland’s built heritage. These grants help owners and guardians of architecturally important historic buildings to fund essential work that may not otherwise be possible.

The total value of grants awarded in 2018 amounts to €46,300.

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12.12.2018

'Making Victorian Dublin' project website goes live

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The quarrymen, stonemasons and craftspeople who cut, carved and constructed Ireland’s splendid Victorian buildings have been long lost to history, overshadowed by the architects and patrons who designed and commissioned them. Today Trinity College Dublin launched a ground-breaking research project which will illuminate the hidden history of one of Dublin’s most iconic Victorian buildings.

For the last two years the ‘Making Victorian Dublin’ project, funded by the Irish Research Council, has dissected and analysed Trinity’s Museum Building — regarded as one of the finest and most influential examples of Victorian architecture. Built in the 1850s, the building has been home to the college’s Departments of Engineering, Geology and Geography for almost 160 years. The building was pioneering in its patriotic use of Irish marble and decorative stone and established a taste for Connemara marble and Cork Red limestone which spread across Ireland to Britain, the United States and even as far as Cape Town in South Africa.

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11.12.2018

2018 Desmond Guinness Scholarship awarded to Molly-Claire Gillett

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Michael Wall, Chairman IGF and Donough Cahill, Executive Director IGF with Molly Claire Gillett (Montreal) and Logan Morse (Sussex).

The 2018 Desmond Guinness Scholarship was awarded to Molly-Claire Gillett for her study of the collection of the 19th century lace designer Emily Anderson. Logan Morse's study on Irish landscape painter George Barret Sr. (1730–1784) was also acknowledged, and she was awarded the Desmond Guinness Prize.

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