RSAI Local History Open Day: Saturday 31st October 2015

The Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland would like to invite those interested in local history research to come along to our Open Day where they will be introduced to the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, its building, and most importantly its collections of drawings, photographs, maps, journals and records. The day is free to all, but you must book in advance as numbers are limited. The programme will consist of short talks, presentations and a tour, with a coffee break and a chance to explore the house and collections in a friendly informal way.

Programme of Events

  • 14:00   Welcome Address & Introduction to the Society
  • 14:30   Tour of House, Gardens & Library
  • 15:00   Case Study – Using RSAI Sources: Inniskeas  by Dr Brian Dornan
    •    Dr Dornan will explore 4,000 years of settlement on the Inniskeas islands, of the Mullet peninsula in County       Mayo. During the talk Dr Dornan will demonstrate the use of RSAI sources, such as the notebooks of H.T. Knox on recent work.
  • 15:45    Talk – Local history and the Image Collections of the RSAI by Dr Rachel Moss
    •    This talk will provide an introduction to the rich, but relatively unknown image collections of the RSAI. It will include a survey of the sketches and watercolours of antiquarians such as James Graves and Georges du Noyer, together with the significant photographic collection, created as part of the first dedicated photographic survey of Irish monuments, and through collections donated by members in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
  •  16:30   Tea & Coffee