Our series of courses and seminars provide training and technical skills in the repair and maintenance of historic and traditionally built structures. They are aimed at people wishing to upskill, train or develop practical knowledge in the field of the historic built environment, including architects, surveyors, planners, project managers and supervisors, and anyone with a general interest in historic buildings and materials.

Most courses and seminars take place over one day, and consist of a mixture of lectures and practical demonstrations, sometimes including a site visit in Dublin city centre to inspect conservation works in progress.

Courses are rated for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) by the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland and The Society of Chartered Surveyors, and most events are considered applicable for CPD by other professional bodies. All participants are issued with a certificate of attendance following each seminar.

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CURRENT 2018 SEMINARS

Insulating Historic Buildings Seminar & Live Demonstration
3rd May 2018 - Booking Closed

Workshop Seminar & Site Visit: Lambstongue Joinery & Metalworking
15th May 2018 - Booking Closed

Historic Building Site Visit: 3 Henrietta Street
17th May 2018 - Booking Closed

Historic Building Site Visit: 1 Capel Street
29th May 2018 - NOW BOOKING

National Biodiversity Week Lectures
22nd May 2018 - first-come basis
25th May 2018 - first-come basis

Please see below for more details

Historic Building Site Visit: 1 Capel Street

Date: Tuesday 29th May 2018

Time: 10:00 – 12:00
(registration from 09:45 at the door of 18 Ormond Quay Upper - please note, not 1 Capel Street)

Price: €50

CPD Points: 2

This morning site visit to 1 Capel Street provides a rare opportunity to inspect the interiors of one of Dublin’s most prominent street buildings overlooking Grattan Bridge in the heart of Dublin. Constructed c.1780 and extensively modified in the 1830s, 1 Capel Street was famously captured in an engraving of Essex Bridge (now Grattan Bridge) by James Malton in the 1790s.

The guided site visit, led by its project architect James Kelly of Kelly & Cogan Architects in advance of major conservation works, will provide an opportunity to learn how to read an historic building, its layers of interventions over time, and dealing with challenging conservation and repair issues.

The session will begin with a lecture presentation hosted in 18 Ormond Quay Upper (located a few doors away, where registration at 09.45 also takes place), followed by a guided site tour of 1 Capel Street.

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National Biodiversity Week 2018
May Lunchtime Lectures by An Taisce

Hosted by Dublin Civic Trust at 18 Ormond Quay Upper, Dublin 7

Free of charge on a first-come basis

The Liffey in the City - wildlife of Dublin’s river

Date: Tuesday 22nd May 2018
Time: 13:00 – 14:00
Location: 18 Ormond Quay Upper, Dublin 7

Lectures
Niamh Fitzgerald, Birdwatch Ireland

Dr Julian Reynolds, Zoologist, Trinity College Dublin



Greening the City

Date: Friday 25th May 2018
Time: 13:00 – 14:00
Location: 18 Ormond Quay Upper, Dublin 7

Lectures
The importance of city trees lecture - Dr John A. McCullen, formerly of OPW

Urban gardening - go green in the city; workshop with Rebecca Jeffares, landscape historian

Dublin's river Liffey

Dublin's river Liffey

PREVIOUS EVENTS
Workshop seminar and visit
Lambstongue Window Conservation Specialists

Date: Tuesday 15th May 2018

Time: 10:00 - 13:00
(registration from 09:45 at the front door)

Location: Lambstongue workshop, G7, Chapelizod Industrial Estate, Chapelizod, Dublin 20
(attendees to provide their own transport or car-pool)

Price: €95

CPD Points: 3

This morning seminar provides a stimulating opportunity to visit one of the largest building conservation workshops in Ireland, at the headquarters of Lambstongue, historic window specialists, in Chapelizod.

Lambstongue specialises in the repair and manufacture of traditional timber and metal craftwork with a strong design and conservation sensibility. In addition to the firm’s specialisation in traditional joinery, it has pioneered expertise in the conservation and thermal upgrading of metal doors and windows, working with steel, cast-iron, bronze and leadwork. It is presently involved in the repair and manufacturing of new windows for one of the largest building restoration projects in the UK at the Glasgow School of Art & Design.

This rare opportunity to explore their workshop, with live demonstrations and inspections, including: traditional joinery, sash window repair, glazing, stained glass and leadwork, working with bronze, steel and aluminium, and thermal upgrading.

Mid-morning refreshments provided. Lunch is not included.

 

Historic Building Site Visit: 3 Henrietta Street

Date: Thursday 17th May 2018

Time: 10:00 – 12:00
(registration from 09:45 at the front door)

Price: €50

CPD Points: 2

This morning site visit is a follow-up visit to the Trust’s successful seminar on the conservation of this landmark Georgian mansion at 3 Henrietta Street held in late 2017.

Since that time, the most ambitious staircase reconstruction of its kind has taken place in the soaring double-height entrance hall which had been removed in the 20th century. The staircase project is one of the most remarkable historic reconstructions ever undertaken in Ireland, involving the structural carcassing of the ‘flying staircase’ based on exacting surviving dimensions, the carving of almost 100 balusters, heavy handrail and dado rail, and the application of salvaged, 18th-century tread-ends. Historic plasterwork has also been conserved and replicated, restoring the architectural coherence of the stair hall.  

This morning visit will allow a unique opportunity to observe the interior of this private house as the staircase is being completed, led by its project conservation architect, James Kelly of Kelly & Cogan Architects and clients, Pat Wigglesworth and Ian Lumley.

Insulating Historic Buildings Seminar

Calsitherm Climate Board & Diasen Thermal Plaster Demonstration

Date: Thursday 3rd May 2018

Time: 09:30 – 13:00
(registration from 09:15 at the front door)  

Location: 18 Ormond Quay Upper, Dublin 7

Price: €95  

Structured CPD Points: 3

Held in association with Ecological Building Systems Ireland and DB Plaster Natural Building Solutions  

This half-day seminar, hosted in Dublin Civic Trust’s live building conservation project at 18 Ormond Quay Upper, will provide a unique opportunity to observe a live application demonstration of Calsitherm Climate Board and Diasen Thermal Plaster in a brick-built Protected Structure.  

These two open diffusion, ‘breathable’ wall insulations are growing in demand in Ireland as awareness increases about their suitability for use in historic building contexts.

This half-day seminar will include lectures focusing on the properties of each material and cases studies of their use. A live demonstration of their application in the upper floors of 18 Ormond Quay Upper will take place in two rooms where historic plaster finishes have been lost and thermal upgrading of exterior walls is required.  

The seminar will provide an excellent opportunity for exchange and dialogue with suppliers and appliers of the plaster products, and for discussion amongst conservation specialists and practitioners.

Mid-morning refreshments provided. Lunch is not included.

More information on Calsitherm and Diasen can be found here:

Ecological Building Systems Ireland
DB Plaster Natural Building Solutions

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Diasen Thermal Plaster using spray application

Diasen Thermal Plaster using spray application

Project 18Ormond Seminar
Conserving a Dublin merchant building 

Date: Thursday 9th November 2017

Location: 18 Ormond Quay Upper, Dublin 7

Price: €95

Structured CPD Points: 3

Join us for this half-day seminar exploring the history, conservation philosophy and practical repair techniques being undertaken in the ongoing refurbishment of Dublin Civic Trust’s flagship building at 18 Ormond Quay Upper. The event is the first public opportunity to gain access to this major conservation project on the Liffey quays in the historic heart of Dublin.

18 Ormond Quay Upper and 67 Arran Street East comprise a pair of interlocking period buildings dating to 1843 and 1760 respectively. The first phase of this ambitious project comprises the structural consolidation and refurbishment of the river-fronting building, composed of three storeys of living accommodation above a ground floor shop and basement. It is this part of the building that will form the focus of the seminar.

To date, the project has involved the recording of architectural fabric, securing planning permission for structural repairs and exterior alterations, undertaking structural consolidation of the side wall and shopfront, the repair of facades and brick repointing, and extensive renewal of the interior staircase.

Find out more about the project and the history of the conjoined buildings here.

18 Ormond Quay Upper pictured before and visualised after restoration

18 Ormond Quay Upper pictured before and visualised after restoration

Seminar Content

This interactive morning seminar will be led by Dublin Civic Trust and by the project architect, James Kelly, MRIAI, MRIBA, Specialist Conservation Architect, of Kelly & Cogan Architects. It will provide an opportunity to learn from ongoing works and to observe the structural and material make-up of a typical Dublin street building.

The day will comprise an instructive guided tour, a series of concise lectures, and ample opportunities for discussion, questions and answers.

 

Contributors

James Kelly, Conservation Architect

Nolans Group building contractors

Geraldine Walsh & Graham Hickey, Dublin Civic Trust

 

Themes & Topics

 - Architectural/stylistic analysis

- Structural deficiencies and repair

- Brick repair and repointing, including traditional ‘wigging’

- Masonry cleaning

- Historic joinery repair

Brick cleaning underway using low pressure water application

Brick cleaning underway using low pressure water application

Details

Registration takes place from 09.45 – 10.00.

Proceedings begin at 10.00 sharp and conclude at 13.00.

Places are strictly limited and by advance booking only.

Tea/coffee refreshments will be provided mid-morning. Lunch will not be provided as the seminar will conclude at 13.00. There is a host of good cafes in the vicinity of Ormond Quay.

Importance Notice

Please note that 18 Ormond Quay Upper is an active building site. While every effort will be made to ensure a safe and comfortable visit, all attendees are advised to wear PPE clothing including steel-capped boots and high-visibility vests. PPE clothing will not be provided on-site. Any attendees with mobility impairments should contact Dublin Civic Trust in advance of attendance. Please note that unfortunately wheelchair access cannot be provided.

Pebbledash removal

Pebbledash removal

PREVIOUS EVENTS

3 Henrietta Street Visit

Conserving an 18th-century Georgian mansion  

Date: Tuesday 24th October 2017  

Location: 3 Henrietta Street, Dublin 1 

Price: €95

Structured CPD Points: 3

 

This half-day seminar will provide a unique and exciting opportunity to visit and to learn from the ongoing conservation and refurbishment of one of the grandest private houses in Dublin at Number 3 Henrietta Street. Constructed in the early 1750s as a fashionable town house on the pioneering Georgian street set out by developer Luke Gardiner, the site of the house was originally leased to developer Nathaniel Clements before being passed to John Maxwell, Baron Farnham, who may have built the house itself. Owen Wynn, an MP of Hazlewood, County Sligo, who had married Lord Farnham’s daughter in 1754, inherited the building in 1755, where it remained in family occupation until the 1820s.

The scale and quality of the mansion is outstanding in both national and international contexts. The principal reception rooms on ground and first floors are of a palatial scale, retaining embellished cornices, and lugged door architraves and window cases with egg-and-dart detailing. The first floor rear room is of exceptional quality with a coved Rococo ceiling. The second floor retains some original plaster and joinery features, while the third floor was extensively altered at various dates. The grand staircase and entrance hall that originally scaled two storeys was removed in the 1830s. Later uses included barristers’ chambers and tenement occupation.

The property was recently purchased by its present owners, who are currently undertaking a wholesale repair and conservation of the property, which was in a perilously poor condition, for residential use, to best practice standard.

Seminar Content

This interactive morning seminar will be led by the project architect, James Kelly, MRIAI, MRIBA, Specialist Conservation Architect, of Kelly & Cogan Architects. It will provide an opportunity to learn from ongoing works and to observe the structural and material make-up of a mid 18th-century Dublin town house, applicable to their repair of Georgian buildings across the city.  

The day will comprise an instructive guided tour, a series of concise lectures, and ample opportunities for discussion, questions and answers. Contributors will include:

James Kelly, Conservation Architect

Ian Lumley, co-owner

Patrick Wigglesworth, co-owner and building contractor

Geraldine Walsh & Graham Hickey, Dublin Civic Trust

 

Themes & Topics

Architectural/stylistic analysis

Structural deficiencies and repair

High status plasterwork consolidation, repair and restoration, including cornices and ceilings

Decorative finishes

Brick repair and repointing, including traditional ‘wigging’

Historic joinery repair

Details

Registration takes place from 09.45 – 10.00.

Proceedings begin at 10.00 sharp and conclude at 13.00.

Places are strictly limited and by advance booking only.

Tea/coffee refreshments will be provided mid-morning. Lunch will not be provided as the seminar will conclude at 1pm. We highly recommend the independent Blas Café in the Chocolate Factory, located across the road from Henrietta Street on Kings Inns Street: www.blascafe.ie

Importance Notice

Please note that 3 Henrietta Street is an active building site. While every effort will be made to ensure a safe and comfortable visit, all attendees are advised to wear PPE clothing including steel-capped boots and high-visibility vests. PPE clothing will not be provided on-site.

Any attendees with mobility impairments should contact Dublin Civic Trust in advance of attendance. Please note that unfortunately wheelchair access cannot be provided.

Mountjoy Square Historic Ironwork
Workshop & Seminar

Friday 22nd September 2017

Price: €95.00
Structured CPD Points: 5
Location: 65 Mountjoy Square West, Dublin 1

 

Dublin Civic Trust and The Mountjoy Square Society are pleased to announce details of a one-day seminar and live demonstration workshop showcasing the ongoing repair and conservation of the historic wrought-iron railings of Mountjoy Square, Dublin 1.

This pioneering project, one of the largest of its kind ever undertaken in Ireland, is being led by Dublin City Council’s Parks and Landscape Department as an action of its Mountjoy Square Conservation Plan – a study that was jointly commissioned with the Mountjoy Square Society in 2014.

Mountjoy Square

The wrought-iron railings of Mountjoy Square are the largest single ensemble of Georgian railings surviving within Dublin’s canal ring, erected c.1803 by the Mountjoy Square Commissioners to enclose the square’s central garden. The railings feature an axial arrangement of four centred entrance gates, a Leinster granite plinth wall and distinctive quadrant sweeps to the corners of the square - all originally mounted with a series of 84 ‘globe-iron’ lamp standards,

Unlike other Dublin squares such as Merrion Square and St. Stephen’s Green that were denuded of their original railings in the late 20th century, Mountjoy Square has retained all of its original ironwork – albeit now in an advanced state of disrepair.

Under the direction of master blacksmith Paul Devlin and conservation stonework contractors Cairn Construction, with architectural oversight from Howley Hayes Architects, the railings are currently being systematically conserved to best practice standard – moving clockwise from the Gardiner Street side.

 

Newly restored railings on Mountjoy Square

Newly restored railings on Mountjoy Square

Seminar

This one-day seminar will provide a unique opportunity to showcase the breadth and quality of the works presently being undertaken. It will allow those involved in building conservation, period building maintenance, works specification and interested members of the public to learn at first hand from the works and the experienced contractors involved.

A particular emphasis is being placed on the feasibility of reinstating the 84 'globe-iron' lamp standards that were originally integrated into the railings of Mountjoy Square - as was common to most of Dublin's Georgian squares. Braun Lighting Solutions, international leaders in historic urban lighting design, will give a presentation on successful achievements in this field in Germany and continental Europe. The seminar will also showcase the lamp-iron model that has been developed for Mountjoy Square in a collaboration between Dublin Civic Trust, The Mountjoy Square Society and Dublin City Council Parks Department.  

Details

Hosted in the magnificent 1790s rooms of a newly restored Georgian mansion at 65 Mountjoy Square West, the day takes two parts: a morning seminar of lectures exploring the history, craftsmanship, challenges and design specification of Mountjoy Square and its railings, followed by an afternoon demonstration of live metalworking hosted on-site on the west side of the square.

 

SEMINAR PROGRAMME

09.45 – 10.00
Registration

10.00 – 10.30
Mountjoy Square History & Development
Karin O’Flanagan, The Mountjoy Square Society

10.30 – 11.00
Mountjoy Square Park Conservation Plan & Railings Project
Dublin City Council Parks & Landscape Service

11.00 – 11.30
Refreshments

11.30 – 11.45
Georgian Lighting & Mountjoy Square’s ‘Globe-Irons’
Graham Hickey, Dublin Civic Trust           

11.45 - 12.20
Design-led LED lighting in the Historic Urban Environment
André Braun & Christian Zeher, Braun Lighting Solutions, Berlin

12.20 – 13.00
Mountjoy Square Railings Repair Strategy
Paul Devlin, Blacksmith

13.00 – 14.00
Lunch

14.00 – 16.00
On-site blacksmithing demonstration, west side Mountjoy Square Park
Paul Devlin & colleagues

16.00
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Previous course topics and themes

Structural upgrading

Structural Repair of Historic Buildings

Historic Ironwork - History, Identification & Repair

Energy Efficiency in Traditional Buildings

Traditional Windows - History, Repair and Thermal Upgrading

Structural Repairs to Derelict and Ruined Structures

Timber Decay & Damp in Historic Buildings

Historic Decorative Finishes - History, Repair and Reinstatement

Wallpaper in Ireland - History and Conservation

Historic Plaster in Ireland - Walls, Ceilings and Decorative Work

Historic Brickwork - History, Repair, Jointing and Pointing

Fanlights - History, Repair and Maintenance

Traditional Roofing - History, Repair and Conservation

Stonework in Historic Buildings - Repair and Cleaning

Mechanical and Electrical Installations in Historic Buildings

Planning Legislation - Protected Structures & Architectural Conservation Areas

Course leaders and speakers

Ian Hume, former Chief Engineer, Historic England 

Dr Gerald Lynch, Master Bricklayer

Peter Lawson Smith, OBE

Dr Brian Ridout, Ridout Associates

Edward Byrne, Traditional Lime Company

Nicki Matthews, Conservation Officer, Dublin City Council

Richard Ireland, Historic Decorative Plaster, Paint & Finishes Expert

Dr David Mitchell, Director of Conservation, Historic Environment Scotland

Sven Habermann, Manager, Conservation-Letterfrack

Chris Wood, Historic England

Contractors including MacLyn Conservation Joinery and Lambstongue

Programme of events 2017

We will be using out flagship new building conservation project at 18 Ormond Quay Upper in Dublin city centre as a centre of demonstration and learning over the course of 2017-2018.

In this prominently located historic house overlooking the river Liffey, we will be exploring traditional materials and construction, historic design elements and features, and conservation and repair techniques. This will include roofing, plasterwork, joinery and the integration of modern services.

We will be launching our programme of events later in the year. In the meantime, sign up to our newsletter and keep an eye out for social media feeds.

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