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Conservation Without Frontiers: Living Towns and Villages in Cavan and Fermanagh. DEADLINE EXTENDED closes Friday 29th March!

Posted on: 11th March 2019

Ulster Architectural Heritage are pleased to announce that the biennial summer school, in partnership with the Irish Georgian Society, and with support from Cavan County Council will take place from Thursday 20th- Saturday 22nd June 2019.

This year’s topic will cover ‘Living Towns and Villages in Cavan and Fermanagh’, focussing on the conservation issues faced in the regeneration of rural Irish towns; and sharing projects which benefit local communities and support the unique built heritage assets of these areas. The summer school is directed by Kevin Mulligan, Director of the 2015/2017 UAH/IGS Summer Schools and author of Buildings of South Ulster.

FREE Student Scholarships:

The three day conference will be available free of charge for up to 30 students studying an architecture, planning or heritage-led degree, from across the UK and Ireland. Applications in previous years have seen a wide range of disciplines coming together to give a new and refreshing outlook on conservation issues in the built heritage sector.

If you are a student and wish to apply to attend, please fill out the application here. Places are limited and applications will now close on 29th March, 2019.

Not a Student? All welcome. Early bird booking rates apply until the 30th April. Book Now.

The programme will include lectures from architects, historians and members of the  local councils; as well as site visits, access to unique historic venues, and food and entertainment. The outline programme is as follows*:

Thursday 20th June: Enniskillen, County Fermanagh

  • A series of talks in Enniskillen Methodist Church and Enniskillen Presbyterian Church exploring the historic development of Fermanagh & Enniskillen, and examples of local contemporary heritage projects
  • Walking tours of Enniskillen conservation area, including a visit to Enniskillen Castle, examining heritage-led regeneration projects and future developments and current heritage assets, finishing off at heritage pub, Blake’s of the Hollow
  • Tours of Florence Court, followed by drinks, entertainment and an evening meal in the courtyard

Friday 21st June: County Cavan

  • A series of talks in a historic venue in County Cavan looking at the history of Cavan, planning and policy and heritage projects in the local area
  • Visits to Cavan town, and key buildings in Bailieborough, Cootehill and Butler’s Bridge
  • Dinner and a pub quiz in Ballyhaise

Saturday 22nd June: County Cavan

  • A visit to a local landmark property
  • Viewing of the Student Design Competition Entries and presentation of bursaries
  • Conclusion with a celebratory lunch

Some of our speakers include: Miriam Delaney, Professor Alistair Rowan, Marcus Patton OBE, Dr Connie Gerrow, Nicola McVeigh, Emma McGarrity, Kevin Mulligan, Michael O’Neill, Mary McAuliffe, Liam Mulligan, Dr Neil Galway.


An attendee at our previous Summer School gave us the following feedback:

The Ulster Architectural Heritage & Irish Georgian Society Summer School was absolutely fantastic, it filled loads of gaps in my knowledge and covered content that university didn’t. 

I got a chance to meet a wide variety of conservation specialists I would have never had the chance to, and developed my understanding of built heritage. 

After the summer school my enthusiasm for listed buildings developed and I studied a post grad in applied building repair and conservation at Trinity College Dublin. 

I recently gained a position as a part time lecturer at Belfast Metropolitan College as a part time lecturer and as a Urban Designer for the Ards and North Down Borough council, who value conservation and our built heritage greatly. 

My experience of the UHAS Summer school was fantastic apart from all the excellent food and drink, it shaped my values regarding built heritage and was a great feature on my CV, I would advise all built environment students to apply !


*The programme may be subject to change. Further details will be released in the interim period.

Ticket prices include refreshments, lunch, dinner, drinks, entertainment and transport between summer school locations.

View ticket options and book.

You can see a write up of our 2017 summer school here.

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