The Centre for the Study of Historic Irish Houses & Estates (CSHIHE) was established in 2004 under the direction of Professor Terence Dooley. The CSHIHE arises from the coming together of academic scholarship – exemplified by ProfessorTerence Dooley’s The decline of the big house in Ireland (2001) – and public and private interests concerned with the maintenance of Ireland’s stock of great houses. The CSHIHE is symptomatic of changing public attitudes to Ireland’s historic houses that is now also reflected in affirmative government policies.