OPW185 Exhibition

Start Date 16 Oct 2016
End Date 02 Apr 2017
Times Wednesday to Sunday and Bank Holidays 10.30am to 5.00pm [last admission 4.15pm] Admission is FREE

To mark 185 years since an Act of Parliament in Westminster established the Office of Public Works [OPW], a number of projects have been instigated by the OPW185 Project Team.

From 16th October 2016 to 2nd April 2017, an exhibition, OPW185, will be displayed here at Rathfarnham Castle, Dublin.

The exhibition attempts to demonstrate the breadth of public works and services carried out by generations of OPW staff over the 185 years. A Timeline has been designed that is 18.5 metres long, which illustrates the Government Acts that have directed the work of the OPW; the main events in each decade; significant projects; the Chairmen of the Office Public Works and world events impacting on Ireland.

The items and artefacts exhibited were all proposed, submitted or loaned by OPW staff, both current and retired, following a process of staff engagement in June/July 2016. These items/artefacts have been categorized loosely in relation to the tasks involved, such as Drawing, Measuring, Conserving and so forth. Illustrated short stories/reminiscences of OPW staff are also included.

A programme of associated events is planned to coincide with the exhibition at Rathfarnham Castle.

In addition, a catalogue of selected files and drawings held by the National Archives relating to the OPW, and CD-ROMs of similar material held at the OPW Library, OPW Headquarters, Trim, Co. Meath.

It is hoped that this exhibition, and the availability of research material, will stimulate interest in the social history surrounding the provision of public works, and the work of the OPW.

For more information on OPW185 please click here.

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