National Heritage Week 2021
National Heritage Week 2021 takes place from 14th August until 22nd August. Take part in STONEBUILT IRELAND’S wall stone types recording scheme. This can be undertaken as part of Heritage Week 2021 or at any other time, and can be done as a collective exercise by local heritage groups, by schools, or by individuals as a “Wall Game”.
Boundary walls in Ireland are wonderful structures that often reflect the local underlying geology. More information is needed on the varieties of style and materials used. This exercise focusses on walls in particular but information can also be recorded of stone used for buildings, monuments, and gravestones. Follow the STONEBUILT IRELAND Workshop Modules 2a-2c where the major stone types (Igneous, Sedimentary and Metamorphic) are characterised and you will learn how to identify them. Then follow Module 3 on ‘Walls’ which provides more information on this project. Examine walls in your locality, record the stone types used, and document where they were quarried and who built the walls if known. Note the construction style of the walls, and detail how the stone was finished by the craftspeople who built them. The information documents features of important local heritage and fabric that is often threatened with removal, and will be particularly useful if and when walls require repair.
Dimension Stone / Stonebuilt Ireland Project Agreement – Signed
STONEBUILT IRELAND recently signed a research collaboration agreement between GSI, TCD & OPW to run the project for a further 2 years beginning in December 2020. This project will build on work already completed and funded by the Irish Research Council (March 2019-November 2020), which carried out primary research on the topic and developed a simple database and web-based platform as well as hosting various heritage displays at venues. Read more.
Building stone exhibitions were installed at key OPW heritage sites in each province in celebration of Heritage Week 2019.
The information display panels for each exhibition can be viewed below (click to enlarge)