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Heritage Podcast: 14 Henrietta Street – the making of a museum

22 October 2018

Charles Duggan discusses...From splendid Georgian beginnings to squalid tenement dwellings, the 14 Henrietta Street museum seeks to interpret and exhibit Dublin’s rich and chequered social history through the stories and shifting fortunes of its residents.

Built as a townhouse for the members of Dublin’s ruling elite, 14 Henrietta Street was divided into 19 tenement flats in 1877, with some 100 people living under its roof by 1911. It remained a tenement house until the last families left in the late 1970s.

About the speaker

Charles Duggan is Heritage Officer for Dublin City Council, where works collaboratively with a wide range of partners to promote the research, interpretation and presentation of aspects of the capital city’s architectural, archaeological, social and cultural heritage.  Working under the auspices of the city Heritage Plan he has established a number of pioneering research projects undertaken by leading historians, which will be published in the coming years. These projects include: Decorative Plasterwork, the Dublin School (1740s-1770s) and an accompanying conservation guidance document; Reshaping the City: The Wide Streets Commissioners of Dublin, an introduction; and Built to Last: Energy Efficiency in pre-1945 Dwellings in Dublin. In 2011 he established the 20th Century Architecture in Dublin city research project published as More Than Concrete Blocks. He has recently project managed the creation of the 14 Henrietta Street museum, and the Saint Luke’s graveyard restoration and park project.

About the Heritage Podcast series

The Heritage Podcast series is a collection of eight 20 minute podcasts by academic researchers and leaders of major Irish heritage institutions. The series addresses questions of critical importance in Irish heritage. Opportunities and challenges of preservation and protection of Irish cultural heritage are addressed. It also provides a valuable and educational resource recorded by experts in heritage and preservation, which is publicly accessible to prompt thought and discussion.

Developed and produced by the Historical Studies Committee of the Royal Irish Academy. Supported by The Heritage Council as part of the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage. Recorded by Real Smart Media.

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