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28 March 2022

Culture Club with 14 Henrietta Street

Culture Club with 14 Henrietta Street
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Every month, we invite people to see, experience and learn about Dublin’s cultural places through Culture Club.

Through this series of hosted talks and tours, we get to know lots of the wonderful venues in Dublin and the dedicated people who work there.

Below, Head of Visitor Experience for 14 Henrietta Street, Gemma Sexton, sat down with us to discuss what visitors to the house can expect.

If you’d like to explore 14 Henrietta Street, and other cultural spaces across the city with Culture Club, you can book your free place here.

Tell us briefly what your organisation does and what our Culture Clubbers can expect to see/experience when they visit you?

14 Henrietta Street is a social history museum of Dublin life, from one building’s Georgian beginnings to its tenement times. We connect the history of urban life over 300 years to the stories of the people who called this place home.

In intimate group tours, we bring to life the stories of the humans who lived in the house, their changing circumstances, their experience of family life, of politics, and the impact of world affairs.

As part of Culture Club we host a series of online talks on subjects and themes related to the history of 14 Henrietta Street.

Where are you located?

We are located at 14 Henrietta Street, Dublin D01 HH34, Ireland.

What are the opening hours?

14 Henrietta Street is open Wednesday to Sunday from 10am to 4pm.

Our visits to the house run Wednesday to Sunday, on the hour, starting at 10am.

Our outdoor walking tours run Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 11.30am and 2pm.

Is booking required to visit?

All visitors are encouraged to book in advance via our website or phone-line.

What can we see or do now at 14 Henrietta Street?

Our current tours at 14 Henrietta Street are:

Our upcoming tours at 14 Henrietta Street are:

Tell us something we might not know about your work or collection.

Henrietta Street is the most intact collection of early to mid-18th century houses in Europe. Work began on the street in the 1720s when houses were built as homes for Dublin’s most wealthy families. By 1911 nearly 1000 people lived on the street, over 100 of those in one house, here at 14 Henrietta Street.

What is your favourite part of your collection/building?

My favourite part of our collection is the holy picture hanging in the reception of 14 Henrietta Street. This picture is very special to all of us at the museum as it was generously gifted by a former resident of the house, Peter Brannigan. The nail from which the picture hangs today is the same nail it hung from when the family lived in the house in the 1940s.

Do you offer any other services that might assist anyone with accessibility concerns?

All guided tours of the museum are fully wheelchair accessible. We have a lift which accesses all museum floors. Wheelchairs are available for use in the museum free of charge.

The building has Part M access.

A hearing induction loop system is in place at our reception desk, and in each museum room that has an audio visual display.

Please contact us in advance if you are visiting us and have any mobility or requirements, to ensure we are ready to assist you in accessing the building on your planned arrival.

Do you have a gift shop?

Both in-person and online we have a selection of publications and notebooks available for purchase.

Our publications expand on, and uncover the lives of the people who lived at 14 Henrietta Street and the surrounding areas.

Our publications are:

  • 14 Henrietta Street: Georgian Beginnings, 1750 - 1800, By Dr Melanie Hayes
  • 14 Henrietta Street; Grandeur and Decline, 1800 - 1922, By Dr Timothy Murtagh
  • 14 Henrietta Street; From Tenement to Suburbia, 1922 - 1979, By Donal Fallon

MUSEUM by Dragana Jurišić and Paula Meehan

We also have a selection of bespoke notebooks by Duffy Bookbinders inspired by the wallpaper in 14 Henrietta Street available for purchase.

Is there anything else you would like to tell us about 14 Henrietta Street?

Memories and stories are an important part of our collection. The stories and memories of the many families that lived in tenement buildings across Dublin are a powerful account of history.

Our oral history project ‘Your Tenement Memories’ provides a platform to collect these important stories and preserves them for further generations. We will be hosting in-person Your Tenement Memories events in the coming months across Dublin city.

If you, or someone you know, would be interested in telling your story, please come along to one of our events or contact us to arrange a chat with a member of our team at memories@14henriettastreet.ie or call us on 01 524 0383.

Upcoming Your Tenement Memories event dates and locations will be posted on 14herniettastreet.ie

Get in touch

Email info@14henriettastreet.ie
Phone +353 1 524 0383