Thursday 13 June 2019

The 'Big House' and Landed Estate Conference, 29 June
On the last Saturday of this month, the Irish Workhouse Centre in Portumna, Co Galway will host a Landed Estates Conference to explore the story of the 'Big House'.

In the early 1800s, more than 4,000 'Big House Landed Estates' symbolised the economic strength and social standing of landed families, but they also reflect the story of their tenants and the wider social and economic history of Ireland in the 18th and 19th centuries. Today as few as one hundred such estates survive.

Among the topics to be discussed at the conference are:
  • The development of the Big House and Estates, with John Joe Conwell
  • Architecture and Interiors of the Big House, with Dr Marion McGarry
  • The Food of the Big House, with Margaret Hickey
  • Musical culture and Big House society, with Dr Karol Mullaney-Dignam
  • From the Big House to the Glebe House, with Kevin McGuire
  • Fluttering in the Dovecote - Pigeon Houses of Co Galway, with Dr Christy Cunniffe.
This free conference includes refreshments and a snack lunch. Advance booking is essential as spaces are limited. Email

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