Upcoming Events:

  • ‘Georgian beginnings: building and occupying 14 Henrietta Street, Dublin, 1750-1780’, Melanie Hayes. Teatime Talks: 14 Henrietta Street, Dublin. Online, June 2021.
  • The design and execution of decorative stucco in Britain and Ireland 1720-1740’, Christine Casey, The art and industry of stucco decoration, Università della Svizzera italiana, Swiss Institute, Rome. 1st-2nd July, 2021.  
  • Craftsmanship in the architecture of County Kildare‘, Andrew Tierney, County Kildare Archaeological Society, Online, 8 July 2021
  • ‘Reassembling the stone: the afterlife of an Irish country house’, Andrew Tierney, Architecture and Endurance, European Architectural History Network Thematic Conference, Ankara, 30 Sept – 2 Oct 2021

Recent News & Events:

  • ‘Crafting Connections: Domestic Building in Dublin in the eighteenth century’, Melanie Hayes, Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, 12th April 2021.
Desmond Guinness Prize 2020.

Congratulations to CRAFTVALUE’s Nele Lüttmann, who received the Irish Georgian Society’s Desmond Guinnes Prize 2020 for her research on German architects in Britain and Ireland, 1700-1750.

The Hon. Desmond Guinness (1931-2020); Image: Amelia Stein.

The prize is awarded annually by the Irish Georgian Society for original primary research on Irish art and architecture. The prize money will be used for a one-week visit to the Niedersachsen Federal State Archive. So far, research regarding the placement of Richard Castle and Johann Gottlieb Borlach in England has never been conducted in the stately inventory of the Electorate of Hanover at the Niedersachsen Federal State Archive. However, records of diplomatic officers delegated from or to Hanover on behalf of George I and II might allow identifying individuals that were responsible for Castle’s and Borlach’s migration to England.

  • Too many virtuosi: high gestural skill as a driver of the early modern stucco industry’, Christine Casey. Virtuosités. Éthique et esthétique du geste technique du Moyen Âge au xixe siècle, Institut d’histoire moderne et contemporaine, Paris, Friday 15th January 2021

The Best Address in Town: Henrietta Street, Dublin and Its First Residents, 1720-80. Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2020. Melanie Hayes.

Congratulations to CRAFTVALUE’s Melanie Hayes, whose new book was published in December 2020, with a foreword by Christine Casey.

Once Dublin’s most exclusive residential street, throughout the eighteenth century Henrietta Street was home to the country’s foremost figures from church, military and state. Here, in this elegant setting on the north side of the city, peers rubbed shoulders with property tycoons, clerics consorted with social climbers and celebrated military men mixed with the leading lights of the capital’s beau monde, establishing one the principal arenas of elite power in Georgian Ireland. Looking behind the red-brick facades of the once-grand Georgian town houses, this richly illustrated volume focuses on the people who originally populated these spaces, delineating the rich social and architectural history of Henrietta Street during the first fifty years of its existence.

Now available to order on  https://www.fourcourtspress.ie/books/2020/the-best-address-in-town/ and all good bookstores.

Colvin Prize commendation, Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain of 2020. December 2020.

Congratulations to CRAFTVALUE’s Andrew Tierney who received the commendation in the Colvin prize competition of the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain of 2020. The Colvin Prize is awarded annually to the author or authors of an outstanding work of reference that relates to the field of architectural history, broadly conceived. This year it was awarded to the ‘monumental’ Sir Banister Fletcher’s Global History of Architecture jointly edited by Catherine Gregg and Murray Fraser, and containing contributions from 88 international experts, and produced in partnership by RIBA, UCL and Bloomsbury Press. Andrew’s monograph Central Leinster (Yale University Press, 2019) was singled out for commendation by the jury.


  • ‘European craftsmen in eighteenth-century Britain and Ireland’, Christine Casey. Royal Dublin Society, Library Speaker Series,December, 2020.

This lecture explores the lives and works and migrant craftsmen in the long eighteenth century.

Past Events

  • ‘Recrafting parliament: a virtual dialogue with a lost interior’, short-film paper. Andrew Tierney & Melanie Hayes. Connections – Exploring Heritage, Architecture, Cities, Art, Media Virtual Conference, Organised by University of Kent, Canterbury & AMPS, 29-30th June 2020.
  • “A classic and polished taste…” Architecture and craftsmanship in early Georgian Dublin.’ Melanie Hayes. Dublin Festival of History. Dr Steevens’ Hospital. 11th September  2020. https://dublinfestivalofhistory.ie
  • ‘Pride and prejudice: perspectives on ornament and craftsmanship in architecture’, Christine Casey,  Shadows and Lights: women in Irish visual culture, Trinity College Dublin/online,12th September 2020.
  • ‘The country house in post-Restoration Ireland’, Andrew Tierney, Irish Georgian Society Autumn lecture series, ‘Architecture of the Irish Country House.’ City Assembly House, Dublin/ online, 13th October 2020
  • ‘Early Palladian Country Houses’, Melanie Hayes, Irish Georgian Society Autumn lecture series, ‘Architecture of the Irish Country House.’ City Assembly House, Dublin/online, 20th October 2020
  • ‘The dynamics of migrant craftsmanship in eighteenth-century Britain and Ireland’, Interpreting Italians Abroad, Institute of Art History in Erlangen, Germany, 23rd October 2020
  • ‘Later Palladian Country Houses’, Christine Casey, Irish Georgian Society Autumn lecture series, ‘Architecture of the Irish Country House,’ City Assembly House, Dublin/online, 27th October 2020
  • ‘CRAFTVALUE: craftsmanship and its conservation in the architecture of Britain and Ireland’, International Conference, Regent House, Trinity College Dublin, in person/online, 30th October 2020
  • ‘Surface value: ways of seeing decoration in architecture’, Christine Casey, Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain online seminar series, 7th December 2020

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