Watercolours are an engaging way of helping us to look at our surroundings. They bring out the character of a place and highlight it as something to be valued.
Why Historic Buildings?
Historic buildings help to illuminate history in all its complexity and show how ideas, as well as local conditions, influenced our predecessors. They are a great source of information about the past, but they also form an important part of the environment we live in today.
Carefully managed they have the potential to enhance our environment, creating great places which are inspiring to live in and visit, and which encourage tourisim and investment and reinforce wellbeing. However, achieving this potential requires such places to be understood and valued. This site aims to contribute to that work.
Manus Deery is an architect living in Derry~Londonderry. He is currently an Assistant Director in the Historic Environment Division of the Department for Communities in Northern Ireland.
The site represent his views alone and should not be taken to represent the views of any other organisation or individual. The debt of many authors whose books are listed in the further reading section is acknowledged.
The support of the following organisations who sponsored the 2013/14 exhibition on Derry~Londonderry and the 2017 exhibition on Strabane, or who provided space to hang it, is acknowledged: Derry City and Strabane District Council Museum and Heritage Service; The Inner City Trust; The Honourable the Irish Society; The Playhouse; The Millennium Forum; The Irish Architectural Archive; The Alley Theatre.
The support of the Guildhall Press to publish the associated book is also acknowledged as well as its proofing by Pat Deery, Paul Hippsley and Peter McCartney.
Elvin Memorial, St Columb's Cathedral, Derry~Londonderry, 1673.
Gate Lodge, Courtmacsherry, Co Cork, early 19th century.