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Culture and Heritage news and events

Cultural Heritage, Creativity and Education - 1 July 2019

Workshop on Cultural Heritage, Creativity and Education to mark the launch of the Academy’s Culture and Heritage Working Group’s discussion papers on creativity.

The Academy’s Culture and Heritage Working Group acts as a facilitator for discussion of opinions and ideas on contemporary Irish cultural and heritage policy and practice. It works in partnership with other cultural and heritage bodies and groups and has strong links to the Government’s Creative Ireland programme and Heritage Ireland 2030. For example, in January 2019 the Academy held a consultation forum on Heritage Ireland 2030 in conjunction with the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. More details.

Libraries and Archives Roundtable - 23 May 2019

Forum facilitating discussions on library and archive issues in relation to heritage and culture, with a particular focus on Heritage 2030. 

Invited participants from the higher education, library, archive and publishing sectors gathered at the Royal Irish Academy on 14 May for a forum convened by the Academy’s Working Group on Culture and Heritage.  Co-chaired by Professor Mary O’Dowd MRIA and Siobhán Fitzpatrick, Academy Librarian, the forum facilitated discussions on library and archive issues in relation to heritage and culture, with a particular focus on Heritage 2030.  More details

Consultation Forum on Heritage Ireland 2030 in conjunction with the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht - 20 Februrary 2019.

The importance of education and community and local leadership in heritage, the need to understand and support tangible and intangible forms of heritage, and to build understanding of heritage objectives and values across national planning and policy frameworks emerged as key themes from the lively discussions at the RIA-Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht consultation forum in January 2019.  The discussion did not shy away from the risks facing Ireland's heritage: fragmentation in policymaking and the need to "heritage proof" climate action and planning policies emerged particularly strongly. 

The Forum Chair Dr. Mary Canning, Senior Vice-President, RIA expertly steered the discussions to encourage participants to focus on the objectives, actions and policy tools needed to secure the many ambitions expressed for Ireland’s future heritage strategy.   The diversity of attendees itself proved the diversity and importance of heritage policy and practice across Irish society and the benefit of a broad, inclusive approach to policy-making in this area.

Department’s Public Consultation Document 

Response to Heritage Ireland 2030 Consultation

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