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ceiling detail, state apartments, Dublin Castle

Tour/ Talk: Making Majesty exhibition in Dublin Castle (Irish Sign Language interpreted)

19 Nov 2017 (Past)

State Apartments Galleries, 2 Dame Street, Dublin.

Misplace, Mistake, Debate: An Irish Sign Language interpreted curatorial tour, talk and game on the Making Majesty exhibition in Dublin Castle.

Making Majesty: Building and Borrowing the Regal Image at Dublin Castle
This exhibition explores the shaping of the royal and viceregal image at Dublin Castle in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and the later appropriation of that potent image in the formation of an independent Ireland. From the gilded magnificence of the Castle’s architectural surroundings and their intricately crafted furnishings, to the stately ceremonies that unfolded in and around them, the exhibition reveals the different ways in which ideas of majesty were constructed, consumed and reinvented.

Bringing together paintings, furniture, drawings and ceremonial regalia, it draws on the rich collections of institutions including the National Gallery of Ireland, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Office of Public Works and the Royal Collection Trust.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a richly illustrated book of scholarly essays published by Irish Academic Press and a programme of educational events, all of which will seek to illustrate, for the first time, the Castle’s untold story of building, borrowing and making majesty.

Curated by Myles Campbell and William Derham, Collections and Research, Dublin Castle.

To learn more about the project curators Myles Campbell and William Derham  worked on for almost two years, read Dorothea Depner’s interview with them here.

To book a place on the ISL Tour and to receive further instructions, e-mail: DublinCastleEducation@opw.ie

For General Enquiries:
Telephone: 01 645 8813
Email: dublincastle@opw.ie

The Gothic Room, Dublin Castle. Photo credit: Mark Reddy Trinity Digital Studios.

The State Apartments were built as the residential and public quarters of the viceregal court and were the seat of the executive and focus of fashionable and extravagant social life.

One of the series of seven mythological paintings by Gaetano Gandolfi in the State Apartments, which are among the foremost cycles of eighteenth-century Italian paintings on display anywhere in Ireland.


Dublin Castle
Irish Sign Language
ISL Tour
Making Majesty