Collaboration in Ireland
The Centre for the Study of Historic Irish Houses & Estates (CSHIHE) collaborates closely with many private house owners and with public bodies in Ireland such as the Office of Public Works (OPW) who are the custodians of important houses including Castletown, Co. Kildare. In 2008, for example, the OPW- Maynooth University Archive & Research Centre was established at Castletown to collect, preserve, promote and make available for research archival collections relating to historic Irish houses and estates.
More recently, in 2011, another important collaborative project was initiated with the National Library of Ireland which, along with the CSHIHE, funded a Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship to achieve the key objective of ensuring that the extraordinary resources – estate rentals - which are the focus of this joint project are made accessible to researchers at all levels of scholarship and understanding. The result of this project will be an assessment of the rentals in the NLI’s sorted collections and the prod produce a report describing the content and scope of the rentals and prioritizing material for digitization, and creating electronic records for rentals in these collections to agreed NLI specifications.
The CSHIHE has received funding from both the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government (previously Environment, Heritage and Local Government) and the Heritage Council to host events relating to the built heritage of Ireland. It also collaborates at national level with bodies such as:
- Irish Georgian Society
- Historic Houses Association of Ireland
- Irish Heritage Trust
- Irish Landmark Trust
The CSHIHE also develops relationships with various international organisations and bodies interested in the preservation and development of built heritage and landscapes overseas. Links have already been secured with a number of projects in the United Kingdom and with the wider historical preservation community in Europe and North America. The CSHIHE has established close collaborative links on an international level with the bodies such as: