On this page you can find Video Resources produced by Dublin Civic Trust, including updates relating to our ongoing project at 18 Ormond Quay and 67 Arran Street East.
Our Educational Webinars on a wide variety of conservation topics are available for pay-per-view access once the video is edited and uploaded, typically two days following a live webinar event.
This online library is supported by the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage.
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18 Ormond Quay Upper, Dublin
Learn about the three-year project by Dublin Civic Trust to conserve a important example of a mid-19th century Dublin merchant premises. Sited on the banks of the River Liffey, this handsome 'shop house' was constructed in 1843 with living accommodation over a ground floor grocer's premises. In a perilous structural and decorative state by the early 2000s, the Trust undertook a major campaign to save the building and refurbish it as a model of best conservation practice.
This is that story.
Heritage and Climate Change – Conserving The Rubrics, Trinity College Dublin
This stimulating webinar explores themes of sustainable building practice and energy efficiency in the context of built heritage preservation. Led by Peter Cox, FRSA, principal at Carrig Conservation, one of Ireland’s leading specialist building and heritage consultancies, the series of lectures provides a global scientific context to the challenges of climate change, sustainable resource management, international research and the application of these principles in the Irish context through a major building case study.
Structural Repair of Historic Buildings Masterclass 2023
This stimulating day-long series of online lectures with one of Britain’s leading authorities in the field of conservation engineering focuses in considerable detail on the best practice repair and structural consolidation of historic buildings. Ian Hume, former Chief Engineer with English Heritage, explores considered engineering principles that promote the retention of historic fabric and special character, based on correct identification of structural defects and their causes.
History, Legacy and Conservation of Victorian Glasshouses in Ireland
This webinar gives an overview of Victorian glasshouses in Ireland, and is informed by the recent process of restoration undertaken on two significant glasshouses in County Dublin. The webinar examines both the engineering and horticultural sides of the glasshouses, as well as the process of detailed design within the frameworks of public procurement and building regulations.
Historic Interiors - Understanding Materials & Finishes, and Practical Approaches to Conservation
This three-hour seminar led by conservator, Darren McLean of McLean Conservation Associates, Glasgow, explores the elements, materials and finishes used in historic interiors and explore approaches to their repair and conservation.
Facade Repairs to Heritage Buildings - Brick, Stone & Render
This three-hour webinar explores the composition and repair of historic facades with one of Ireland’s most experienced building conservation contractors, Oldstone Conservation.
Traditional Timber Windows - History, Repair & Thermal Upgrading
This three-hour webinar explores the history, design and conservation of historic Irish windows, with an emphasis on the timber sash tradition, with two expert speakers from academic/technical and joinery trade perspectives.
Terracotta, Faience & Brick Specials Approaches to Repair & Reproduction
This webinar is led by Shane Nolan, Director of Nolan’s Group conservation contractors who have developed a specialism in the repair and manufacturing of bespoke brick and clay products for building conservation works.
Repair and Specification of Traditional Interior Plasterwork – Walls and Ceilings
This half-day seminar, led by a building conservation specifier and a lime plastering practitioner, focuses on the history and repair of traditional interior plasterwork, with an emphasis on wall and ceiling ‘flatwork’ and modest decorative elements.
Traditional Staircases - History, Structure & Approaches to Repair
This webinar explores the historic evolution, construction techniques and appropriate repair methods for traditional timber staircases of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries with four expert speakers.
Historic Roofs – Design, Conservation & Repair
This webinar explores the history and design of historic roofs in Ireland and approaches to their conservation and thermal upgrading, with an emphasis on traditional slating.
Climate Adaptation for Built Heritage - Meeting the Challenges
This three-hour webinar explores the challenges facing Ireland’s built heritage in the context of climate change. Two leading speakers, award-winning writer Roger Hunt and architect, environmentalist and broadcaster Duncan Stewart, discuss the global context of climate change, how it affects Ireland and its buildings, and explore practical and sensitive solutions for thermal upgrading of traditional buildings.
Traditional Paint and the Use of Colour 1700-1955
This webinar provides a unique opportunity to learn about the composition and use of traditional paint from a leading expert in the field; Patrick Baty of London-based specialist colour firm Papers and Paints.
Geospatial Surveying and the Digitalisation of Historic Buildings
This stimulating webinar is led by one of the leading geospatial survey firms in Ireland, focusing on the methods and applications of modern surveying techniques and data collection for analysing historic buildings and structures. Techniques such as laser scanning, drone-enabled aerial surveys and 3D modelling can provide invaluable information on the condition, material make-up and historic evolution of heritage assets, enabling design teams, building owners/occupiers and managers to better understand often complex structures and sites, and to accurately specify works.
Historic Timber: Identification, Decay and Approaches to Conservation
This webinar explores the identification and properties of timber in historic buildings and discuss approaches to its conservation and repair. Led by leading wooden object conservator Sven Habermann of Conservation Letterfrack, the seminar highlights the types of timbers traditionally used in old buildings and how they can be correctly identified.
Reimagining the Irish Town: Approaches to Heritage-Led Regeneration
This webinar focuses on the historic evolution of the Irish town and how urban conurbations can be regenerated through heritage and conservation-led initiatives. Four speakers explore the morphology and varied origins of towns in Ireland, examples of design-led planning and housing delivery, individual building conservation case studies, and policy context for rejuvenation.
Repair and Thermal Upgrading of Metal Windows, Doors, Screens and Rooflights
This webinar provides a stimulating opportunity to learn about the fast-developing field of metal window, door and glazed rooflight repair, conservation and thermal upgrading, from the leading firm in Ireland operating in this field.
Traditional Dublin Shop Buildings Approaches to Conservation & Repair – 4 Case Studies
This half-day seminar led by architect James Kelly, Conservation Grade I, explores the history, construction and use of shop buildings in Dublin in the 18th and 19th centuries through four building case studies that recently involved major conservation and repair works.
Energy Efficiency Improvements for Traditionally Constructed Buildings
This webinar explores practical solutions to improving energy efficiency in traditional and historic buildings in the context of global climate change and the growing body of research in the field developed by Historic Environment Scotland (HES) over the past 15 years. HES has been an international leader in developing best practice solutions for thermal upgrading of historic buildings and has informed policy guidance in many countries across Europe, including in Ireland.
Thermal Upgrading of Traditional Buildings: Management Solutions and Fabric Upgrade of Walls & Suspended Timber Floors
This webinar explores two complementary approaches to thermally improving traditional buildings: through economical, low-intensity management solutions and through primary fabric upgrade, with two authoritiative speakers in their fields.
Structural Repair of Historic Buildings
This stimulating set of lectures focuses on best practice repair and structural consolidation of historic buildings. It explores considered engineering principles that promote the retention of historic fabric and special character, based on correct identification of structural defects and their causes.
Historic Floor Surfaces Approaches to Repair, Cleaning & Conservation
This three-hour webinar explores the composition, cleaning and conservation of historic floor surfaces under the guidance of a leading conservator, Darren McLean of McLean Conservation Associates, Glasgow.
67 Arran Street East - Conservation Update #1
Works have been underway to restore the beautiful red brick facade of this mid-18th century building to the rear of 18 Ormond Quay Upper. Find out more in this first video update with Graham Hickey of Dublin Civic Trust.
67 Arran Street East - Conservation Update #2
Georgian red brickwork revealed, structural issues uncovered, and a few surprises along the way.
67 Arran Street East - Conservation Update #3
In this edition, matching and laying replacement brick and traditional pointing trials got underway on the mid-18th century facade.
67 Arran Street East - Conservation Update #4
18th-century brick and granite sills have been cleaned and interventions discovered.
67 Arran Street East - Conservation Update #5
Facade repointing works at 67 Arran Street East have been continuing in the run-up to Christmas 2021. The mid-18th century brick and Edwardian brick at parapet level are being pointed by Nolan’s Group using the original ‘penny-struck’ flush joint discovered at ground floor level, augmented with pigmented brick repair mortar. Watch the process in action!
67 Arran Street East - Conservation Update #6
This stage of the project involves re-setting the 1750s window frames and unearthing the archaeology of the interior joinery.
67 Arran Street East - Conservation Update #7
The 1750s upper floor facade is complete, allowing a final chance to inspect the restored Georgian brickwork, cleaned granite and reinstated sash windows before the scaffolding is dropped to hoarding level.
67 Arran Street East - Conservation Update #8
As the facade project reaches its final hurdle, the 1840s Roman cement shopfront is restored, the large shop window is reinstated, and more clues to the building’s 1750s origins are revealed.
Irish Wallpaper - History, Design and Conservation
This webinar explores the history, production and repair of wallpaper in Ireland with the country’s leading expert conservator, David Skinner. Drawing on his extensive experience both as a maker and a researcher of historic wallpapers, David charts the evolution of patterns used to decorate Irish houses from the early eighteenth century until the demise of the Irish ‘paper-staining’ trade at the close of the nineteenth century.