“Lost property”: IRC-supported research at the Dublin Festival of History

Posted: 2 September, 2020

Researchers reveal how architecture and archives, digital reconstructions, and public commemorations help us connect with Ireland’s intangible past

Ever wondered what the original Irish Parliament House on College Green looked like inside, before the Act of Union shut its doors on 1 January 1801? Or what documents were destroyed in the blaze of the Public Record Office at the Four Courts on 30 June 1922? Ever thought about how collections, historic sites, digital technologies, and festivals mediate national memories and commemorations, providing unique engagements with the past? Or how lockdown has been affecting our relationship with public history?

In the videos below and a live panel at the Dublin Festival of History 2020, Irish Research Council-supported experts share their recreations of lost architecture and archives and their insights on these questions.

The panel will take place by Zoom on Saturday 26 September, 2-3pm. Register here.


  • Prof. Daniel Carey (Chair), NUI Galway and Irish Research Council member
  • Prof. Christine Casey, Dr Melanie Hayes and Dr Andrew Tierney, Trinity College Dublin, IRC Laureate Craftvalue project
  • Dr Ciarán Wallace, Trinity College Dublin, Beyond 2022 project
  • Dr Bernadette Quinn and Dr Theresa Ryan, Technological University Dublin, HERA Festspace project
  • Maeve Casserly, IRC Employment-Based Postgraduate Scholar and Fulbright Scholar, University College Dublin and National Library of Ireland

Watch the videos here:

Panel recording:

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