Discover what life was like in Dublin Castle under British rule through a series of talks and family activities at the Making Majesty exhibition

16 March 18

The Office of Public Works invites the public to discover the Making Majesty exhibition at Dublin Castle through a series of talks and events running until 28 April 2018.  The exhibition explores the shaping of the royal and viceregal image at Dublin Castle through grand architecture, stately ceremonies and fine furnishings. Through a series of engaging events, pop-up talks, and a panel discussion, life in and around the Castle will be explored.

Talks will explore diverse subjects, including “Dining and Dancing at Dublin Castle”, what was in the kitchens of Dublin Castle in Georgian times, and how food, music and architecture were combined to produce extraordinary entertainments. “Buying Irish at the Viceregal Court” reveals that this is not just a modern marketing campaign but that several viceroys of Ireland adopted a vigorous ‘buy Irish’ policy at the Castle. This contrasts with the notion of the Court as an Anglo-centric entity that relied on British skills and examples. Corrie Tubman will provide a fascinating behind-the-scenes account of her year spent conserving the National Gallery of Ireland’s painting of King George IV processing through Dublin by William Turner de Lond. This colossal work of art is currently on display at Making Majesty.

As the exhibition draws to a close a panel discussion will examine “The Weight of History - Dublin Castle Then and Now”, and consider Dublin Castle’s position in terms of Irish history, politics and society. While Dublin Castle itself is generally associated with centuries of British rule, the exhibition focuses on the particular motivations behind the building’s grand regal designs, something we often forget about today. Given the current spotlight on independence-related events from a century ago and Brexit-related events right now, this Banter discussion, hosted by Jim Carroll, will look at the responsibilities and challenges of dealing with Dublin Castle’s past in 2018.

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LISTINGS INFORMATION

Exhibition:         Making Majesty: Building and Borrowing the Regal Image at Dublin Castle

Location:            The State Apartments, Dublin Castle, Dublin 1

Dates:                Daily until 28th April 2018

Times:                9.45am – 5.45pm (last admission at 5.15pm)

Website:            www.dublincastle.ie

Admission:        €3.00

The exhibition is included in the general admission price to the Castle (for ticket prices and visitor options see www.dublincastle.ie)

For further information, contact OPW Client Services & Communications Unit at opwcsc@opw.ie or 046 942 6517.

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Programme of Talks and Activities
Free, unless otherwise stated. To book a place, please visit www.dublincastle.ie.  Pop-up talks do not require booking. 

Date and Time

 Theme

 Details

SUNDAY 18 MARCH / 2PM

‘Buying Irish’ at the Viceregal Court

Curator’s Tour

Suitable for adults, free, booking required.

Meeting point to beconfirmed upon booking

WEDNESDAY 28 MARCH / 1.15PM

 

Object in Focus – George IV’s Shamrock-shaped box

Pop-up Lunchtime Tour

Suitable for adults, free, no booking required.

Meet in the Entrance Hall, State Apartments, Dublin Castle

SATURDAY 31 MARCH / 2PM

 

Conserving a Painted Procession

Corrie Tubman, Paintings Conservator

Lecture

Suitable for adults, free, booking required.

Meeting point to be confirmed upon booking

MONDAY 2 APRIL / 3PM

Build a Majestic Throne

Family Activity

Suitable for families with children from 6 years, free, booking required.

Meeting point to be confirmed upon booking

TUESDAY 3 APRIL / 6.30PM

Making Majesty – The Marquess of Buckingham’s Presence Chamber at Dublin Castle

Irish Georgian Society

Lecture

Suitable for adults, €5–10, booking required.

See www.igs.ie/events for details

Outside Venue

SUNDAY 8 APRIL / 2PM

Dining and Dancing at Dublin Castle

Curator’s Tour

Suitable for adults, free, booking required.

Meeting point to beconfirmed upon booking

WEDNESDAY 11 APRIL / 1.15PM

Object in Focus – The Lost Gandolfi Painting

Pop-up Lunchtime Talk

Suitable for adults, free, no booking required.

Meet in the Entrance Hall, State Apartments, Dublin Castle

SATURDAY 14 APRIL / 2PM

Late for the Levée?! Daniel O’Connell and Dublin Castle

Lecture

Suitable for adults, free, booking required.

Meeting point to be confirmed upon booking

SUNDAY 15 APRIL / 2PM

Dublin Castle after Irish Independence

Curator’s Tour

Suitable for adults, free, booking required.

Meeting point to be confirmed upon booking

SUNDAY 15 APRIL / 3PM

Entitled to Title – The Throne Room Paintings

Family Activity

Suitable for families with children from 6 years, free, booking required.

Meeting point to be confirmed upon booking

WEDNESDAY 18 APRIL / 1.15PM

Object in Focus – The Irish Presidential Chair

Pop-up Lunchtime Talk

Suitable for adults, free, no booking required. 

Meet in the Entrance Hall, State Apartments, Dublin Castle

SATURDAY 21 APRIL / 3PM

The Weight of History’ – Dublin Castle Then and Now

Banter discussion, hosted by Jim Carroll, will look at the responsibilities and challenges of dealing with Dublin Castle’s past in 2018.

Panel Discussion

Suitable for adults, €5, booking required.

Meeting point to be confirmed upon booking