Wicklow's Heritage Buildings Weekend

Gledalough will become a one-stop destination for owners in need of accurate, impartial and free advice on caring and repairing their old buildings. The Irish Georgian Society, in partnership with Wicklow County Council and the Office of Public Works, are mounting an exhibition in the grounds of the OPW’s Glendalough Visitor Centre from 10am to 5pm on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th September.  Throughout the weekend over two-dozen craftspeople will demonstrate key traditional skills needed for the conservation of old buildings, including sash window repairs; use of lime-based mortars; decorative plasterwork; ironwork; slate roofing; thatching; mud and earth construction; stained glass and fanlight conservation; stone carving; dry stonewall construction; and clock restoration to name a few.

 The demonstrations will be complemented by information stands hosted by the Irish Georgian Society, Wicklow County Council’s Heritage Office, The Heritage Council, the Building Limes Forum Ireland and the CIF Heritage Contractors Register, where expert advice on planning law, insurance and finance can be gathered.

Simon Harris, TD, Minister for State with responsibility for the OPW, will officially open the exhibition at 12 noon on Saturday 19th September.  The exhibition will be complemented by two-days of interactive talks on the history, maintenance and repair of Wicklow’s historic, period and traditional building delivered by leading authorities from such bodies as the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland and ICOMOS Ireland.

 See below, and on the attached brochure a list of speakers and topics .

Wicklow’s Heritage Buildings Show 2015: a weekend of traditional building skills and conservation talks takes place in a marque adjacent to the OPW’s Visitors’ Centre, Glendalough and The Glendalough Hotel, respectively, on Saturday 19th September and Sunday 20th September 2015.  All demonstrations and talks are free of charge and no booking is required. For the full programme of events visit www.wicklow.ie  or www.igs.ie.

Click on the documents below to download the brochure and to see a list of participants


 SATURDAY 20th September

 10am Chris Corlett, National Monuments Service, Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Wicklow’s Traditional Farmhouses

  • 11am  Patricia Butler, member of Wicklow Heritage Forum, County Wicklow’s Historic Demesnes and Gardens
  • 12noon        Official launch of exhibition by Simon Harris, TD, Minister of State with responsibility for OPW
  • 1pm   Anna Meenan and Colm Murray, The Heritage Council, Conservation of Traditional Farm Buildings
  • 2pm   Una Ni Mhearain, Building Limes Forum Ireland, The Importance of Using Lime
  • 3pm   Dr. Martin Critchley, Mining Heritage Trust of Ireland, The Historic Buildings Associated with Mining in County Wicklow
  • 4pm   Dr Fidelma Mullane, The Heritage Council, Wicklow’s Thatched Buildings

 SUNDAY 20th September

  • 10am Seamus O’Maitiu, Wicklow’s Stone Cutting Tradition: the Ballyknockan story
  • 11am Deirdre McDermott, ICOMOS Ireland, Energy Efficiency in Traditional Buildings
  • 12noon        Willie Cumming, NIAH, Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, The National Inventory of Architectural Heritage and the Wicklow County and Town Survey
  • 1pm   Robert Shaw and Keith Smith, The Discovery Programme, 3D-ICONS and Monastic Ireland: Discovering Glendalough
  • 2pm   Dr Nessa Roche, Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Historic Windows: their history, significance and conservation
  • 3pm   Jacqui Donnelly, Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, My House is a Protected Structure: what does this mean?
  • 4pm   Laura Bowen and Jim O’Donoghue, Conservation and Restoration of Old Slate and Tile Roofs.



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