Heritage Week 2015

Heritage Week 2015 

The theme for Heritage Week this year is:

ʻFrom mill to forge, from mind to hand – discovering Irelandʼs industrial pastʼ.
The RSAI is very lucky to be in possession of the archive of the Weavers’ Guild of Dublin dating back to 1675, which used to be housed in the Weavers’ chest now located in our entrance hall.  We also hold the Darkest Dublin slides which reveal the living conditions of the poorest workers in 1913.  From our colleagues in the Discovery Programme, we have evidence of earlier forms of industry, as far back as the Bronze Age.
Following a very successful event last year, on August 29th we welcome you to enjoy the following:

Free Entry to the House, 10pm to 4pm

On the Ground Floor*:

 An small exhibition on the Weavers’ Guild documents will be held in the Library.  Some of the less delicate books will be available to browse.  The library looks on to our Georgian Garden where replica Bronze Age artefacts will be found and may be handled under supervision.

On the Second Floor:

 Our famous Tea rooms will be in operation again, this time catered by Jenny from Luncheonette.  Enjoy a quiet cake and tea while the kids join the workforce, or before you venture out to Archaeofest!
Children may be apprenticed at Cottage Industry Corner, where their small hands will learn to toil weave and sew**!  We also need colour-in-ers of all levels.

In the Basement:

 From 1pm in the Helen Roe Theatre, archaeologists from the Discovery Programme will showcase the modern techniques used to discover archaeology without doing any harm.  A short film on the Darkest Dublin slides will also be screened at regular intervals.
We have teamed up with Archaeofest and Merrion Square Open Day to schedule all of our events on the 29th, so you can enjoy a full day of Heritage and Culture!

Please note:

*Due to the nature of Georgian buildings, we are unable to provide wheelchair access.

**We use larger plastic needles for safety but as they may be a choking hazard, we can only permit children as young as five to sew or weave.  There will be at least two instructors but we advise parents to remain nearby.  This year we have extended our colouring tools (a new technology known as “crayons”), so that younger children can be safely involved.

Parking on Merrion Square may be available on the day, but the area is mapped as a high-demand zone and so this cannot be guaranteed.  Parking is pay and display by card or mobile and is operated by Dublin City Parking Services.