North elevation of the Ulster Museum, showing proposed Brutalist extension. Drawing by Paddy Lawson and Anthony Judd, 1964. Courtesy of Marigold Pym.

Friday 06 March 2015 - 10:00 to Thursday 30 April 2015 - 17:00
Irish Architectural Archive

The Ulster Museum: Evolution amidst Revolution traces the architectural evolution of the Ulster Museum over the last 100 years. Featuring rarely seen archival drawings, photographs and a model of the museum, the exhibition sheds new light on one of Belfast’s most iconic buildings. It explores the influences that shaped the building, and considers how the forces of modernity were absorbed, over the course of a century, into its architecture.

The exhibition will be shown at the Irish Architectural Archive, 45 Merrion Square, Dublin 2 from Friday 6 March – Thursday 30 April 2015. It will be open 10am – 5pm, Tuesday – Friday with the exception of 10–11 March, 17 March and the Easter holiday period.

To coincide with the exhibition the Archive will be holding a series of events, full details available on www.iarc.ie. All events are free and open to the public and will take place in the Irish Architectural Archive. Places limited to 50 and booking is therefore essential.

To book please contact the Archive at +353 (0) 1 6633040 or slincoln@iarc.ie

Friday 6 March, 1.15pm – 2pm Discussion with Marigold Pym and Leonard Lawson, chaired by Shane O’Toole.

Thursday 19 March, 1.15pm – 2pm Tour of the exhibition with exhibition curator Rosaleen Hickey.

Thursday 26 March, 1.15pm – 2pm Screening of ‘An Epoch Translated into Space’, introduced by Forum for Alternative Belfast.

Tuesday 14 April, 1.15pm – 2pm Lecture on Brutalism in Ireland with Ellen Rowley and Donal Hickey.

Thursday 23 April, 6pm – 8pm ‘Absorbing Modernity’: a discussion with the representatives of the Irish and British Pavilions of the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale.


The Ulster Museum: Evolution amidst Revolution Dublin programme is a partnership of the Irish Architectural Archive with the Ulster Museum, British Council, Arts Council of Northern Ireland and ID2015 (A Year of Irish Design)