Although Coronavirus restrictions have eased, some regulations remain in place to help stop the spread of COVID-19. To ensure the safety of the public and speakers, our 2022/23 HERoNI lecture series will be conducted online.
The Future for Irish Country House Studies
Friday 30 September 2022, 1pm
Speaker: Professor Terence Dooley
In the last thirty years or so, the historiography of the Irish country house has grown exponentially to offer fresh and original perspectives beyond art and architecture and positioned it within the much more expansive context of social history. Research perspectives have significantly broadened to include fresh ways of investigating and understanding houses, and those who lived and worked in them and on their landed estates. The expanded historiography now includes works on topics as diverse as consumption and taste, women in the country house, sport, entertainment and leisure, social and intellectual exchange, the country house in Famine, in war and revolution, and in the age of abandonment and demolition during the twentieth century. New audiences – both academic and public - have been acquired, university research centres and courses have been created, seminars, exhibitions, workshops, colloquia, and conferences have proliferated, the latter often leading to published volumes of essays. And yet there remains so much that can be researched; the aim of this lecture is merely to suggest some avenues worth exploration.