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Heritage Week 2018


Monday, August 20, 2018, 10:00 - Friday, August 24, 2018, 17:00


Academy House, 19 Dawson Street


No booking required

Visit Academy House during Heritage Week for tours of the building, a Lunchtime Lecture on Robert Boyle and an exhibition on Academy women in the nineteenth century

Heritage Week is a nationwide event coordinated by The Heritage Council. Its aim is to build awareness and education about our heritage and encourage its conservation and preservation. Every year hundreds of libraries, museums and local groups throughout the country organise activities and events which are open to all. We are very pleased to be part of Heritage Week once again this year and look forward to welcoming visitors to Academy House. 

Guided tours of Academy House & Library

Founded in 1785, the Royal Irish Academy is one of the oldest institutions in the country. Take a guided tour and learn about the history of the Academy, the building it has called home for over 160 years and its unique Library collections. Tours take place at the following times:

Monday 20 August 3-4pm                 
Tuesday 21 August 11-12am                    
Thursday 23 August 3-4pm                      
Friday 24 August 11-12am 

Lunchtime Lecture : ‘Robert Boyle’s Irish character printing type: how the Irish scientist adopted the Irish/Gaelic typeface’ by Dr Dermot McGuinne

Robert Boyle, best known for his scientific research and discovery, is hailed by many as the father of modern chemistry. In his later life, however, he involved himself directly in the production of an Irish character printing-type for use in publishing Irish language devotional texts. This involvement, which has generally been overlooked, resulted in a fascinating typographical journey through time only to end in a state of mystery and confusion.

This free lecture will take place on Wednesday 22 August, 1pm

Exhibition: 'Prodigies of learning: Academy women in the nineteenth century'

Princess Yekaterina Dashkova (1743-1810), Mary Somerville (1780-1872), Caroline Herschel (1750-1848), Maria Edgeworth (1768-1849), and Margaret Stokes (1832-1900) were all made Honorary Members of the Royal Irish Academy in recognition of their scholarly achievements in their respective fields. This exhibition celebrates their important contributions to learning and knowledge in the nineteenth century.

Exhibition open during Heritage Week : Monday 20 August - Friday 24 August 10am - 5pm

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