Sound Heritage Ireland is an all-island, inter-sectoral forum for communication and collaboration on issues concerning the ‘sounding’ of Irish heritage, with a particular focus on period music in historic houses.

The objectives are to:

  • discuss the history, research and interpretation of music in Ireland’s historic houses;
  • cultivate a richer understanding of how music featured and functioned there in the past;
  • find innovative ways to make heritage properties ‘sound’ for 21st-century visitors;
  • develop approaches to making academic research more accessible to stakeholders beyond the academy;
  • work to promote a largely overlooked but important aspect of Irish cultural heritage.

Sound Heritage Ireland is part of the international Sound Heritage network, based at the University of Southampton, UK, details of which can be found here.

An inaugural symposium to facilitate networking and knowledge exchange was convened by Dr Karol Mullaney-Dignam at the University of Limerick on 7 October 2016, supported by the Irish Research Council and hosted by the Department of History and Irish World Academy of Music and Dance. Read about it here.