Irish Historic Towns Atlas


The Irish Historic Towns Atlas project was established in 1981. The aim of the project is to record the topographical development of a selection of Irish towns both large and small. Each town is published separately as a fascicle or folder and includes a series of maps complemented by a detailed text section.

The Irish Historic Towns Atlas is part of a wider European scheme, with towns atlases containing broadly similar information available for a number of countries. Thus Irish towns can be studied in their European context. Map of European towns atlases

Heritage Week and Lecture series


As part of Heritage Week 2014 (23–31 August 2014) and the forthcoming publications: IHTA, no. 26, Dublin, part III, 1756 to 1847 by Rob Goodbody and Dublin 1847: city of the Ordnance Survey by Frank Cullen, the IHTA in conjunction with the RIA Library are hosting an exhibition and lecture series 'Mapping city, town and country since 1824: the Ordnance Survey in Ireland'. Click her for more in the IHTA exhibition.

The lectures take place on Wednesdays from 1–2pm in the Meeting Room, Academy House, Dawson Street. Jacinta Prunty will deliver the first lecture next Wednesday 27 August on 'The map-making of the Ordnance Survey: challenges on every front'. Admission is free and no booking is required.

The full lecture programme is available to download here.

Western Towns Symposium

learning from the past: mapping our future



In an era of rapid social change and when the centres of our urban communities have been threatened as never before, it is important to learn from the past, especially as we attempt to renew and invigorate our towns and cities. What evidence can we utilise to inform our future planning development. To complement Limerick 2030: an economic and spatial plan for Limerick and Limerick City of Culture 2014 the Hunt Museum, in collaboration with the Royal Irish Academy and Clare County Library, will host a one-day symposium on 23 October 2014 looking at the evidence of five western towns and cities from the Irish Historic Towns Atlas series: Ennis, Galway, Limerick, Sligo and Tralee. What can we learn from the evidence provided by such centres that can usefully inform planning and building decisions into the future.

Speakers to include:  Brian Ó Dálaigh, Eamon O'Flaherty, Fióna Gallagher, Jacinta Prunty, Marc Caball, Paul Walsh.

Venue: The Hunt Museum, Rutland Street, Limerick

Date: 23 October 2014

Booking details to follow.

IHTA Annual Seminar 23 May 2014


The Irish Historic Towns Atlas annual seminar, 'Maps and Texts: using the Irish Historic Towns Atlas – Georgian and Victorian Towns', took place in Academy House, 19 Dawson Street, Dublin 2 on Friday 23 May 2014. The third and final seminar in the 'Maps and Texts: using the Irish Historic Towns Atlas' series examined themes such as towns with military barracks, the big house and town improvement, canals, railways, public buildings and valuation maps. Speakers included Toby Barnard, Arnold Horner, David Fleming, Jacinta Prunty, Helene Bradley, Frank Cullen, Rob Goodbody and David Dickson. This series has run from 2012 to 2014 and has compared towns from a chronological and interdisciplinary perspective.


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