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Dr. Melanie Hayes

Research Fellow (History Of Art)


Dr Melanie Hayes Irish Research Council Advanced Laureate Project Fellow, CRAFTVALUE I am an architectural historian, specialising in Ireland's eighteenth-century architectural and social history. My doctoral research focused on the inter-relationships between British and Irish architectural culture and practice in the first half of the eighteenth century and I have written and spoken widely on these topics. My book The Best Address in Town, Henrietta Street Dublin and Its First Residents (1720-1780), was published by Four Courts Press in 2020. I currently work as a post-doctoral research fellow, on an Irish Research Council advanced laureate project, CRAFTVALUE, at Trinity College Dublin, exploring a new skills-based perspective on the architecture of Britain and Ireland (1680-1780). Press & Media Featured in a series of videos that takes a look at some of the key historical research, conservation and restoration work that went in to creating 14 Henrietta Street14 Henrietta Street: Making a Museum Meeting- meet the authors, Dr Melanie Hayes, eps. 1- 6 Featured in Olivia Kelly, 'Lipstick on a pig? Why Dublin has failed to pretty-up O'Connell Street' The Irish Times, 5th May. 2019. Featured in Olivia Kelly, 'Last Georgian house on Dublin's O'Connell Street is at risk from neglect' The Irish Times, 7th Feb. 2019. Featured in 'Henrietta Street museum,' RTE Nationwide, RTE One, 7pm, October 13, 2017.
  Architecture and Urbanism   Architecture History   History of Architecture   Irish architecture, 18th and 19th centuries
Fashioning, fit-out and functionality in the aristocratic town house in, editor(s)Conor Lucey , House and Home in Georgian Ireland: Space and Cultures of Domestic Life, Dublin, Four Courts Press, 2022, [Melanie Hayes], Book Chapter, IN_PRESS
Melanie Hayes, 14 Henrietta Street: Georgian Beginnings, 1750-1800, Dublin, Dublin City Council Culture Company, 2021, 95ppp, Notes: [A short volume commissioned by DCCCC, which details the early social and building history of 14 Henrietta Street, Dublin, now a museum of domestic life.], Book, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
Melanie Hayes, An Irish Palladian in England, the case of Sir Edward Lovett Pearce, Georgian Group Journal, XXIX, 2021, p26pp , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
Melanie Hayes, The Best Address in Town: Henrietta Street, Dublin and its first residents (1720-1780). , Dublin, Four Courts Press, 2020, 312 pppp, Book, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  URL
Melanie Hayes, Sir Gustavus Hume (1677-1731): courtly connections and architectural connoisseurship in the early eighteenth century, Irish Architectural and Decorative Studies, XIX, 2017, p36 - 53, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
Melanie Hayes, The Son he never had: Zeus' parthenogenetic creation of a surrogate son?, The Undergraduate Journal of Ireland and Northern Ireland,, I, 2010, p159 - 166, Journal Article, PUBLISHED

Melanie Hayes, Anglo-Irish cross-currents: connecting architectural contexts in the early 18th century, Lincoln College, Oxford, 3rd June, 2019, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Melanie Hayes, Developing Dublin: Building booms and busts: Dublin's architectural heritage in decline?, Trinity and the Changing City, Trinity Long Room Hub, February , 2019, Trinity Long Room Hub, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Melanie Hayes, Review of Living Legacies: Ireland's National Historic Properties in the care of the OPW, by Myles Campbell & William Derham , Irish Arts Review, Summer (June-August), 2018, Review, PUBLISHED


Award Date
Trinity College Dublin Studentship Award 2010-2013
Desmond Guinness Scholarship 2012
Thomas Damann Junior Memorial Award 2012
Undergraduate Awards of Ireland, Gold Medal 2009
Homan Potterton Prize 2009
William Roberts Prize 2008
Walker Memorial Prize 2007
My research focuses largely on Anglo-Irish eighteenth-century architectural history, with a specific interest in the transnational development of architectural culture and practice in the early Georgian period. I am particularly concerned with the people who populate this building history, and the broader socio-political landscape which informs the formal narrative. My recent research output has continued to build upon this approach, seeking to disseminate wide-ranging inter-disciplinary findings and methodology in both an academic context and at a wider public interface. My work on the research project surrounding the conservation and presentation of the museum at 14 Henrietta Street, Dublin involved collaborative engagement with public bodies and community stakeholders in bringing new research of societal importance to the wider public. This work utilised a range of innovative delivery platforms and dissemination tools including the production of multi-media digital content, public symposia and interactive workshops, and the upcoming publication of a significant volume on eighteenth century architectural and social history: The Best Address in Town: Henrietta Street, Dublin and its first residents, 1720-80 My current role as an Irish Research Council Advanced Laureate Project Fellow on CRAFTVALUE adopts a similarly wide-ranging and rigorously investigative approach in seeking to challenge the traditional focus on the individual designer and patron to create a new skills-based perspective on the architecture of Britain and Ireland in the long eighteenth century.