Current Exhibitions

Irish Architectural Archive 1916 Centenary Exhibitions

Supported by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

After Easter: Photographs of Dublin by Thomas Johnson Westropp

Thomas Johnson Westropp (1860-1922), was a noted Irish antiquary who used his camera as an archaeological tool. Westropp visited central Dublin in early May 1916 and for once turned his camera away from dolmens and passage graves to focus instead on the destruction wrought in the city by the Easter Rising. His images remain a vivid record of the violence and destruction of Easter Week.
Architecture Gallery, February – August 1916

Ebb and Flow: Etchings by Bronagh Lawson

‘Ebb and Flow of East Belfast’ is an exhibition of works by Belfast artist Bronagh Lawson reflecting the interface between Republican and Loyalist areas of East Belfast, a fault-lines where the reverberations of the events remembered in the ‘Decade of Centenaries’ are still felt in a real and dramatic way.
Piano Nobile, April – August 2016

Capstones Shift: architectural impacts and legacies of the revolutionary period in Dublin

The early 20th-Century Irish revolutionary period left many legacies, not the least of which was its direct impact on buildings. From the loss of buildings destroyed to the debates about how to repair the city fabric and on to the rebuilding itself, there is ample scope to reflect on the physical impact of the Easter Rising, the War of Independence and the Civil War, on central Dublin in particular. This exhibition draws exclusively on the holdings of the Irish Architectural Archive to focus on a selection of prominent Dublin buildings destroyed, or utterly changed, by the events of Easter 1916 and later. These buildings were central to myriad social, commercial, political and religious patterns of life. Their absence, or removal from use, would have had an immediate and disconcerting effect on the daily routines and interactions of thousands of ordinary Dubliners as they lived, moved, worked, prayed and entertained themselves in the post-Rising city: quotidian disruptions making unavoidable and unignorable the profound political phase-shift that had occurred.
Piano Nobile, May- August 2016



by Colum O'Riordan

August lectures in the Irish Architectural Archive

To coincide with the exhibition ‘Ebb and Flow of East Belfast’, Bronagh Lawson will give a lecture on her work on Wednesday 17th August at 1.15 pm. We are also delighted to announce that for the first time the Archive is running a series of lunchtime lectures during Heritage week. The full programme is available here. Contact to … Read more

Categories: Heritage Week, Lectures