Wicklow Heritage Buildings Show 19-20 Sept 2015

Eoin Donnelly demonstrates pole lathe wood turning
Minister Simon Harris officially launches the event on Saturday 19th September
Ruth Bothwell from Decowell
Alan Jackson from Woodfield Joinery in Baltignlass
Members of the Wicklow Heritage Forum with Minister Harris
Chris Corlett gave the first of our talks on the subject of Wicklow's Traditional Farmhouses
Colm Murray Architecture Officer with The Heritage Council
Feile Butler from Mud and Wood discusses earthen construction
The Irish Georgian Stand
Audience participation at the Stonemad Stand
Philip Quin from Stonemad instructs on the techniques of stonecarving
Kyran O Grady, Thatcher
Materials used for Earthen Wall construction
Pole Lathe turning was one of our earliest woodcrafts
The Irish Horlogical Craft Forum offering valuable advice on Antique Clock repair
McEvoys a fifth generation of stone cutters from Ballyknockan demonstrate the technigues and tools used to split the granite
Examples of bespoke reproductions at the Stripy Paint Company Stand
Gold Gilting demonstration
Liam McCorkell from Glasshaus Studio
Paul Gaffney at his Stripy Paint Company stand
Advice and Chat on responsible architectural salvage
The Old Builders Company Stand with Henry Thompson
Ruth Bothwell giving a hands on demonstration
CIF Heritage Building Contractors Register
Tutty's Sash Window Repair in Hollywood and The Traditional Lime Company in Tullow stands
Custom Crew Roofing and the Traditional Building Solutions stand
The event was one of a series of actions co-ordinated by the Heritage Office of Wicklow County Council through the County Wicklow Heritage Plan

We had a wonderful and busy two days at Glendalough for our Heritage Buildings Show 2015. In total we had 24 different stands and a host of traditional skills demonstrators. This was all complemented by hourly talks in the nearby Glendalough Hotel where over the course of 13  lectures we were informed on everything from  looking after sash windows and improving energy efficiency to the stone cutting tradition at Ballyknockan and the buildings associated with mining in Wicklow.  

The aim of the event was to support the  owners of historic properties in looking after them and to provide an opportunity for everyone interested in this area to meet and exchange information.

This  Heritage Plan project was hosted jointly by the Irish Georgian Society and the Heritage Office of Wicklow County Council and supported by the Heritage Council and the OPW. 

These photos below give a flavour of the weekend. You may be interested in checking out the advice series of publications available online from the Department of Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht department’s website, which provide an excellent resource for anybody looking after an older building or just looking for more information on this subject. Scroll past the photos for a list of exhibitors, and press clippings about the event. 


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