Historic Landscape Characterisation in Ireland - Best Practice Guidance

Historic Landscape Characterisation in Ireland - Best Practice Guidance

Landscapes /

This guidance is intended as a contribution to the Government’s emerging National Landscape Strategy. 

Drawing on a variety of disciplines such as archaeology, geography and architecture, Historic Landscape Characterisation attempts to describe and document the character of different landscapes in order that they may be valued for the social resource that they are, and managed as historical capital. Managing the landscape is not just about looking after the protected or iconic parts that we are all generally familiar with, but it must also be about understanding and caring for everyday and undesignated places as well.

  • Published by: The Heritage Council
  • Author(s): George Lambrick, Jill Hind and Ianto Wain
Community-Led Village Design Statements Toolkit: Workshop Document

Community-Led Village Design Statements Toolkit: Workshop Document

Built/Urban Heritage & Archaeology /

The Community-Led Village Design Statement Toolkit was launched at the inaugural community-led VDS workshop, held in Kilkenny in October 2012. This document provides useful information on the background to the Toolkit for participants on the day.

The toolkit was prepared by the Heritage Council in partnership with Dublin City Council and Meath County Council; and in collaboration with the village communities of both Sandymount, Dublin and Julianstown, Co. Meath.

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Community Led Village Design Statements Toolkit

Community Led Village Design Statements Toolkit

Built/Urban Heritage & Archaeology /

The toolkit sets out a step-by-step guide to undertaking a community-led VDS, using a collaborative and participative process. It has been developed in accordance with the UNECE Aarhus Convention and the European Landscape Convention.

While this toolkit deals specifically with community-led VDS, it is hoped that the information and guidance provided on relevant structures, processes, outputs and potential outcomes will enable and empower local communities throughout the island of Ireland to become involved in shaping their local environments.

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Operating A Business in Ireland

Operating A Business in Ireland

market research /

The Heritage Council wished to understand to what extent, if at all, Ireland’s natural or built heritage act as drivers in the decision to locate or expand a business operation in Ireland.

Built Heritage Conservation & Ecological Sustainable Development

Built Heritage Conservation & Ecological Sustainable Development

Built/Urban Heritage & Archaeology /

This document examines many interesting overlaps between the building conservation and sustainable development.

The conservation of the built heritage has a contribution to make to the achievement of environmental balance in sustainable development.

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Heritage Council Strategic Plan 2012 – 2016

Heritage Council Strategic Plan 2012 – 2016

Annual Report /

This Strategic Plan will guide and direct the work of the Board and staff during 2012–2016. In particular, the Heritage Council realises the need to contribute to national recovery and to demonstrate how heritage can be a resource for social and economic development. A quality heritage supports employment, offers an outstanding educational resource, and supports heritage-based tourism.

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Record of Protected Structures compiled from Local Authority Lists

Record of Protected Structures compiled from Local Authority Lists

Built/Urban Heritage & Archaeology /

This index is compiled from the Record of Protected Structures (RPS) held by each planning authority, the list changes annually but the document provides a record for 2011.

In 2011 the Heritage Council estimated that there are 38,171 protected structures in Ireland.

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