Follies Trust lecture series 2006-2007
The Follies Trust was launched in Dublin Castle and Knockbreda Church, Belfast, in November 2006. The Dublin launch was courtesy of the Office of Public Works and the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government. Lectures given by Professor Emeritus James Stevens Curl in Dublin and Dr Finbar McCormick in Belfast followed the launches.
After launching the Follies Trust late in 2006 the Follies Trust had a lecture series early in 2007. Hugh Dixon, James Howley and John Redmill delighted and enthralled their audiences in Dublin and Belfast with topics such as Irish garden buildings and follies:’closer to fantasy than to common sense’ and Architectural folly – a good career move?.
Following the success of the first lecture series, the Follies Trust embarked on a second lecture series in December 2007. They were held in Dublin and Belfast and covered such diverse topics as Transatlantic crosscurrents in trade, art and building 1750-1800 (Dr Frederick O’Dwyer) and The Lion and the Peacock: British architecture in India (Dr Colin Cunningham). The enigmatic title for Dr Edward McParland’s lecture was Fun, follies and freaks: the darker side of classicism and it did not disappoint!