Many thanks to the friend who sent us this extraordinary re-discovered film footage of Queen Victoria (1819-1901) visiting Ireland back in 1900, that Queen’s last-ever visit to this country. As a recent article on the British Heritage Travel website makes clear, the Museum of Modern Art, or MoMA, says that “in 1939, it received “a… Read More a long lost film, and our Victorian architecture walking tour.
We completed our last tour of the year, for TBG+S, just 10 days ago, and our last public tour of the year, for our Dublin Decoded newsletter subscribers, around a month back, with our Monto tour. Now that it’s all over for another year, we thought it might be interesting to look back, enjoy and… Read More
Writing recently about the lovely old cast iron coal plates which adorn the Georgian and many Victorian districts of Dublin, I found my obsession spread from coal covers to utility covers also, such as gas, water, and the like. Yes, I know, I know what you are thinking. And it’s true, I have a… Read More Utility covers..
John Roque’s famed map of Dublin (detail above) is a genuine work of genius, and one of the best maps made of any city in 18th century Europe. Today it forms a superb and indispensable resource for anyone interested in Dublin, its streets, buildings its religious, cultural, social or political history. Just one example of… Read More Roque’s map, that endless treasure trove.
This little display case with its wonderful ship model, was spotted at Dun Laoghaire’s terrific Maritime Museum over the weekend, (the museum is on Haigh Terrace, near Dun Laoghaire’s new public library (pay a visit to both when you can). It put me in mind of a subject close to my heart. Because this isn’t… Read More Tableau & Diorama. (iii)
Heavens’ embroidered cloth: – Medieval buried Treasure. Look at these… They are the last complete set of mass vestments left intact in Northern Europe. And they are extraordinary in their history, their conception, and in quality. They sit now, in their light-controlled, temperature and humidity controlled, bullet-proof glass cases, in Waterford’s wonderful medieval museum. This… Read More Heavens’ embroidered cloth: Medieval buried Treasure.