Events 2010-11

Follies Trust lectures 2010

In February, in partnership with ICOMOS Ireland, the Follies Trust organised a lecture by John Fidler in St Stephen’s Church, Dublin. His lecture: Journeys in Time: from Emperor Hadrian to Frank Lloyd Wright’ in which he recounted his international experience as an architect in the conservation of buildings and archaeological sites was well attended.

John Fidler was the first Historic Buildings Architect for the City of London, the UK’s first Conservation Officer for Buildings-at-Risk, and the youngest and last Superintending Architect at English Heritage.

In March the Earl of Roden gave a lecture on the ‘Influence of the Grand Tour on the development of Tollymore Park in Annesley Hall, Newcastle, County Down.

The Earl of Roden was born when Tollymore was still lived in by his family. He saw it transformed to a billet for troops in World War II, and then handed over to the State before being opened to the public in 1955.

He is the author of Tollymore – the story of an Irish Demesne

On Wednesday 28 July the Follies Trust invited everyone to see work in progress on the Wadell Cunningham mausoleum at Knockbreda graveyard. The Trust’s professional adviser, the building conservation surveyor Chris McCollum was present to explain the project while Follies Trustee, Dr Finbar McCormick, discussed the history of the graveyard.

On 3rd November 2010 to mark the conclusion of the project to conserve the Stroan fountain at Kilfane a lecture was held in Aras na hOidhreachta, Heritage Council Offices, Church Lane, Kilkenny, by kind permission of the Chair, Chief Executive and members of the Heritage Council.

This conservation project was undertaken by Kilkenny County Council, in partnership with the Follies Trust and Duchas – Tullaherin Heritage Society, with funding from the Civic Structures fund.

The speaker was the Right Reverend Michael Burrows, Bishop of Cashel, Waterford, Lismore, Ossory, Ferns and Leighlin and his topic: In praise of follies – quirky observations during episcopal meanderings’.

To mark the conclusion of the project to restore the third mausoleum in Knockbreda graveyard, Belfast, and to provide an opportunity to view the mausolea with the professional team of Chris McCollum and Trademark, the Follies Trust held a lecture in Knockbreda church on 20 April 2011. The lecture was given by James Simpson of Simpson & Brown, Edinburgh. His title was “Conservation Follies – Attempting the Impossible”. James spoke on three projects: The Scottish Cemetery in Calcutta, Botanic Cottage, Edinburgh and Mavisbank, near Edinburgh. He delighted his audience in Belfast and next day gave a repeat performance in Dublin.

On 12 October 2011 the Follies Trust held a lecture in Lisburn Museum. Terence Reeves-Smyth spoke on Thomas Wright & the Gothick Revival in Ireland. As 2011 is the tercentenary of the birth of Thomas Wright it was an appropriate time to hold a lecture on the Wizard of Durham! (see publications)

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