Heritage Week at The Heritage Council HQ

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The Heritage Council offices will open their doors for Heritage Week this year with lectures on conservation, architecture and archaeology and tours of the lovely building, the former Bishops Palace.

Take a peek behind the scenes at what we do and learn a lot more about your local heritage. 

Saving an Abandoned Medieval Town - The Heritage Council, Church Lane Kilkenny
21 August, 1:15pm - 1:45pm
Rindoon, Co. Roscommon is perhaps the most impressive abandoned medieval town in either Ireland or the UK. During his presentation, Liam Mannix, the Irish Walled Towns Network Project Manager, will discuss its conservation and opening up to visitors. Places for the lecture are on a first come, first served basis. Numbers are limited.

Tour of the Former Bishop's Palace - The Heritage Council, Church Lane Kilkenny
22, 24 August, 2pm - 2:45pm
Since its construction seven centuries ago, the Bishop's Palace has been one at the core of religious and civic life in the city. The tour is a great opportunity to visit this fascinating building. Places for tours are allocated on a first come basis. Numbers are limited.

Community Archaeology in Ireland – The Heritage Council, Church Lane Kilkenny
22 August, 1:15pm - 1:45pm
Ian Doyle, Head of Conservation, will talk about how communities across the country have become actively involved in the conservation and interpretation of their local archaeological and cultural heritage sites. Places for this lecture are on a first come, first served basis. Numbers are limited.

'Fis na Fuiseoige' Film Screening - Kilkenny Castle, Kilkenny City
22 August, 7:30pm - 9pm
A film screening hosted by the Heritage Council of the award-winning documentary film 'Fis na Fuiseoige' (The Lark's View), a one-hour award-winning documentary directed by Aodh Ó Coileáin. The film explores the connection between people and place, as expressed in Irish-language poetry and local lore. Q & A session with the director after the screening. Tickets available through Eventbrite eventbrite.ie/e/heritage-week-film-screening-at-kilkenny-castle-tickets-35757655109 

Architecture and Control - The Heritage Council, Church Lane Kilkenny
23 August, 1:15pm - 1:45pm
Another discussion by Liam Mannix about historic architectural models for control; prisons, workhouses, shopping arcades and the Panopticon model. How do these styles continue to influence architecture today? 

Why Conserve Special Places? - The Heritage Council, Church Lane Kilkenny
24 August, 1:15pm - 1:45pm
Architecture Officer Colm Murray describes his 'take' on the reasons why people take care of buildings, places and landscapes. Places for the lecture are on a first come, first served basis. Numbers are limited. 

Gardens that Healed - The Heritage Council, Church Lane Kilkenny
25 August, 1:15pm - 1:45pm
From monastic apothecaries to the kitchen garden, this informal talk by Hollie Kearns in the Heritage Council garden will look at case studies of medicinal gardens and healing plants since the medieval period.

For all heritage week events see our Heritage Week Website