Recently launched: Gothic Past is an open-access resource for the study of medieval Irish architecture and sculpture.
The site showcases images from three significant collections of image archives, housed in the Department of History of Art and Architecture in College: the [Roger] Stalley Collection; the [Edwin C.] Rae Collection of medieval Irish architecture and sculpture: photographic images that were created and collected from the 1930s to the present day; and the [Danielle] O’Donovan collection of Irish Gothic moulding profiles.
These image collections have been a key primary resource for a thematic research project, Reconstructions of the Gothic Past, funded by IRCHSS and carried out in the Department of History of Art and Architecture at Trinity College from 2008 -2011.
The Reconstructions of the Gothic Past project has examined Gothic buildings in Ireland as part of a continuous historical process, analysing them not just as monuments of one particular period, but as historical ‘documents’. Examining change through time reveals how the use and treatment of Gothic buildings was affected by social, economic, religious and cultural change in subsequent ages. The project monograph will be published in 2012 by Wordwell Books.
Reconstructions of the Gothic Past Project team: Roger Stalley, Prinicipal Investigator, Rachel Moss, Associate Investigator, Caroline Martha McGee, Research Assistant, Niamh NicGhabhann, Doctoral Fellow, Olivia Horsfall Turner, Research Associate, Danielle O’Donovan, Research Associate,
Gothic Past Website team:
· Roger Stalley, Reconstructions of the Gothic Past Project
· Caroline Martha McGee, Reconstructions of the Gothic Past Project
· Danielle O'Donovan, Reconstructions of the Gothic Past Project
· Niamh Brennan, Research and Information Systems and Services, Trinity College Library
· Garret McMahon, Research and Information Systems and Services, Trinity College Library
· Deirdre O'Regan, Web Developer
· Enovation Solutions Ltd (Site hosting and support)
· Peter Gillis, OneHouse Communications