In co-operation with Cork City Council’s Libraries, Grange Frankfield Partnership (GFP) hosted the first illustrated lecture at Douglas Library on Thurs 22nd August, 2013 as part of a programme of events during National Heritage Week. David Bosonnet, Landscape Architect and Partner in Brady, Shipman and Martin, who authored the Tramore Valley Plan, spoke on ‘Conservation and Vernon Mount House’ – can the twain meet?’ to an audience of circa 200 interested attendees. David outlined the proposals contained in the plan as well as the particular issues relating to Vernon Mount. A lively questions and answers session followed and, overall, an overwhelming mood of support was evident for the proposals. An incidental consequence of the lecture and the publicity surrounding it was the offer of assistance by some members of the audience in tracking down memorabilia associated with Vernon Mount – this has produced further old photographs of the house and its later occupants and a very attractive picture painted within the house in the first quarter of the 20th century.
A further two public lectures are planned for 2014. The first, by Peter Murray, director of the Crawford Art Gallery in Cork, will take place on Wednesday, 2nd April at 7.00 pm, at the Douglas Library. It will examine the artistic legacy of Vernon Mount in the context of artwork in other Cork mansions of the period. Dr. Alicia St. Leger, Historical Researcher, will deliver the second lecture during National Heritage Week in August. It will focus on the Lane family of Cork and their historic associations with Vernon Mount and other period mansions in the Douglas area.
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