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Geology for Beginners

Saturday 28 July 10am - 4pm
Drop in to learn more about how geologists work! Join staff and volunteers from the National Museum of Ireland - Natural History who will explain all about Ireland’s rocks. Afterwards, pay a visit to the exhibition Stones, Slabs and Seascapes. This is an exhibition of watercolour paintings by George Victor du Noyer who taught himself geology with some help from his friends.
Booking: No booking required
Event type: Drop-in activity
Topic: Natural History
Audience: All ages
Venue: National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks, Benburb St, Dublin 7


George Victor Du Noyer - Scientist and Artist

Unfortunately, this event has been cancelled.
Saturday 29 September 10am - 4pm
Event Type: Talk
Topic: Natural History
Audience: Adults
Venue: National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks, Benburb St, Dublin 7

Explore the life and work of George Victor Du Noyer. Join us for a day of talks and demonstrations, covering the life and work of George Victor Du Noyer, the artist whose works are on display in the temporary exhibition Stones, Slabs, and Seascapes.

The day will include demonstrations from contemporary artists showing some of the wide variety of techniques practised by Du Noyer over a century ago.

Nigel Monaghan (National Museum of Ireland) and Petra Coffey (Du Noyer biographer) will speak about the life and scientific illustrations of George Victor Du Noyer (1817-1869). Du Noyer’s archive of archaeological drawings in the Royal Society of Antiquaries will be used by Aideen Ireland (former President RSAI) to show his skills and significance as a recorder of archaeological objects, and of monuments in the landscape that are no longer as well preserved as they were in his day. Dr Siobhán Power (Geological Survey of Ireland) will explain the geology shown in Du Noyer’s watercolour landscapes and what scientists know about that geology today.

Botanical artist Yanny Petters will explain how she approaches her work, and demonstrate the stages in preparing fine watercolours of apples. Darko Vukšić (National Museum of Ireland) will show how he prepares illustrations of archaeological objects using traditional techniques familiar to Du Noyer, and the latest digital approaches used today. Landscape artist and geologist Róisín Curé will explain how she works en plein air to capture rural and urban places.


10:00 Registration

10:15 Introductory remarks

10:20 Nigel Monaghan (NMI) and Petra Coffey (Du Noyer biographer) – biography of Du Noyer, and his scientific illustrations

11:00 Coffee break

11:20 Yanny Petters (botanical artist) – illustrating wildlife (talk and practical demonstration)

11:50 Aideen Ireland (former President RSAI) - Du Noyer and his archaeological illustrations

12:20 Darko Vukšić (NMI) – illustrations in archaeology, from traditional to digital

13:00 Lunch break

14:00 Gallery tour

14:40 Dr Siobhan Power (GSI geologist) - the geology depicted by Du Noyer and what we know now

15:20 Róisín Curé (geologist and artist) - landscape illustration and geology

15:50 Meet the Artists

16:15 Panel discussion and Q&A

16:30 ENDS

Location: Palatine Room (follow signs for Museum café)

Please note: ticket price includes coffee break but not lunch break; there is a Brambles café onsite at the Museum