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David Gunning has been appointed as the Decade of Centenaries dlr Historian in Residence for 2021.

David is taking inspiration from the archives, collections and heritage buildings under the custodianship of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown to develop a programme of exhibitions and events for Autumn 2021.  The programme will explore new perspectives on the Big House in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown with a focus on the shifting social foundations in the run up to, during and after the War of Independence. 

David’s recent publications include What’s in a Name – Dunleary, Kingstown, Dún Laoghaire and the award-winning Divine Illumination as part of recent dlr Decade of Centenaries programmes. He has a deep interest in the built heritage and history of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown and worked as a tour guide for the dlr Summer of Heritage series for a number of years. He most recently worked as the Archivist in Residence at dlr Lexicon and his innovative dlr Cinema Book Club, based on the theme of The Big House, ran for several years at the library.

David is currently researching and collating information for the Autumn 2021 programme - if you have any anecdotes, memories, objects, photographs or stories you would like to share relating to any of the Big Houses in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, please contact David at