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Bring your ticket to each event – either in paper or electronic format via the Eventbrite app. 

Registration is mandatory across all events at #Icon19.  If you are unsure of your registration, you may find the Eventbrite app a handy way of managing your bookings. Please note it is not possible to book for further events at this stage. 

Keep an eye on the conference hashtag – #Icon19 – and join the discussion online!

 

TOUR 1 - Conservation in Belfast City Centre + Inside Belfast City Hall

Meeting Point: Belfast City Hall, Donegall Square, Belfast BT1 5GS

Start time: 13.15 for 13.30 start
End time: 18.00 (at Belfast City Hall)

If this is your first event, you will be able to collect your delegate bag and conference badge.

Two groups of ten will alternate between Andrew Molloy’s walking tour of Belfast city centre and Dawson Stelfox’s walking tour of Belfast City Hall. There will be a thirty-minute break between each.

Event description: Noted Belfast architect Dawson Stelfox MBE will lead delegates on a tour of Belfast City Hall, taking in its sumptuous interior along with its exterior, grounds and monuments. The tour will focus on the venue’s spectacular historic interior and the conservation project. Dawson was a key figure in the conservation project and will share his experience with the group.  

Dr Andrew Molly will lead delegates on a tour highlighting conservation of historic features of the city centre, looking primarily at the development of the city from Elizabethan times up to the modernist masterplans of the 1960s, touching briefly on the effects of the Troubles on the shape of the contemporary city.

TOUR 2 - Conservation and Belfast Street Murals

Meeting Point: Albert Memorial Clock, 17 Queen’s Square, Belfast BT1 3FF

Start time: 09.45 for 9.30 bus departure
End time: 15.30 – back to central Belfast by 16.00

If this is your first event, you will be able to collect your delegate bag and conference badge.

Check out the itinerary here and here. Lunch will be provided en route

Event description: A comprehensive look at the famous political street art in Belfast.

Delegates will experience the variety of local elements that require acknowledgement, care and in some cases conservation; applying fresh logical thinking and conservation practise. No better place than Belfast, a paramount City for history, growth, change and hope!

The tour includes:

  • East Belfast: discussing the political and new murals - depiction, style, form and colour
  • Crossing the peace line into West Belfast: discussing the political and new murals - depiction, style, form and colour etc.
  • Back into the Cathedral Quarter to view and discuss New Sanctioned Murals.
  • Finishing up at the historic Duke of York pub for questions and answers.

There is walking invovled. Stout footwear is recommended.

TOUR 3 - Day trip: Conservation at Mount Stewart

Mount Stewart information

Meeting Point: The Crown Bar, 46 Victoria Street, Belfast BT2 7BA 

​Start time: 09.45 for 10.00 bus departure
End time: 16.00   Back to the Crown Bar by 16.45. 

If this is your first event, you will be able to collect your delegate bag and conference badge.

Check out what’s in store here. A map of the venue and talking points is here.

Lunch is not included, so feel free to pop to the café at any time. 

At the venue, please ensure you wear your #Icon19 conference badge at all times to identify yourself as a delegate.

Event description: The Londonderry’s family home reopened its doors in April 2015 following a three year £8 million restoration programme. Come and see how this transformation has changed the house – and speak with the conservators and specialist advisors involved.  

A free-flow day taking a relaxed approach to knowledge sharing, with talks from curator Frances Bailey, conservator Claire Magill, and Katy Lithgow, National Trust Head Conservator. There will be plenty of time to explore the house at your own pace, or join a guided tour. Please note lunch is not included, so feel free to pop to the café whenever you like.

TOUR 4 - Conservation at Hillsborough Castle

Hillsborough Castle information

Meeting Point: Belfast City Hall, Donegall Square, Belfast BT1 5GS

Start time: 09.45 for 10.00 bus departure
End time: 16.30.  Back to Belfast City Hall by 17.00

If this is your first event, you will be able to collect your delegate bag and conference badge.

Lunch is not included – but there are a wide variety of options at the Castle, or in the picturesque surrounding village.

Event Description: In 2014, Historic Royal Palaces took over the running of Hillsborough Castle and began an ambitious project to restore the house and gardens to its former glory.  The project completed in April 2019 with a brand new visitor centre, restaurant, café, gift shops and, of course, 300 space car park.

Constructed circa 1788 as a family home of the Hill family, Marquises of Downshire, Hillsborough Castle officially became the Royal residence of Northern Ireland in the 1920s and since the 1970s has been home to the Secretaries of State for Northern Ireland.  It has witnessed many important events, several of which have contributed to peace in Northern Ireland and the country’s emergence as a significant tourist destination.  Guests to Hillsborough Castle literally walk in the footsteps of president and princesses.

On this visit, there will be an opportunity to choose from a selection of tours, specifically set out below:

  • Castle Tour: Tour through the State Rooms of the castle, listening to its history and learning about the important events that took place, shaping Northern Ireland's history.
  • Conservation tour:  Listen to how the castle was represented and conservation introduced by Historic Royal Palaces, to care for the precious collection that is held within the building.  This will also include a tour of the newly built conservation facility.
  • Garden Tour: Be guided though the gardens and learn about the design, history and special breeds of plants, which are located here.
  • Town Tour: Learn about the history of the village, built and improved by the Hills Family, including the 17th Century Fort and late eighteenth century Market and Courthouse.

Lunch which can be purchased from a venue of your choice at the Castle or in the surrounding village. 

TOUR 5 - The Ulster Folk and Transport Museum and NMNI Museum Store

The Ulster Folk and Transport Museum information

Meeting Point: Belfast Waterfront, 2 Lanyon Pl, Belfast BT1 3WH

Start time: 09.45 for 10.00 bus departure
End time:  16:30, back to Waterfront Hall by 17.00

If this is your first event, you will be able to collect your delegate bag and conference badge.

Lunch will be included, courtesy of our hosts at NMNI.

Event description:

Owing to changes at the venue, the agenda for this tour has been revised:

National Museums Northern Ireland hold diverse collections across four main sites with collections of art, history and science, and collections pertaining to the way of life, traditions, migration and settlement of people.

This tour provides insight into aspects of the collections at the Ulster Folk Museum and Ulster Transport Museum and will also include a behind the scenes tour of the work that is underway in connection with current storage projects. These transformative projects are addressing long-standing storage issues on the Cultra site associated with the transport and industry collections.

The Ulster Folk Museum and Ulster Transport Museum occupy an extensive 180 acre site just outside Belfast. The tour will cover how collections are cared for in the Ulster Folk Museum which includes a range of exhibit buildings that immerse visitors in Ulster life at the turn of the century.

A tour of the museum stores and workshop will include a visit to the new Ballycultra store, a building repurposed to house the Harland and Wolff ship plan collection. A visit to the conservation studio will provide an opportunity to see on-going conservation treatment of ship plans.

A tour of the neighbouring Transport Museum will address some of the key issues in caring for large collections and an opportunity to see how the ‛Take Care’ project seeks to balance access and care issues for collections on open display.

Participants are asked to dress for the outdoors and to wear good walking shoes as vehicular access is restricted at the UFM site.

Check out the itinerary here.

 

 


 

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