Heritage

What is Geological Heritage?
Geology is the foundation of society; without earth resources – rocks and hydrocarbons - there would have been no development of society and culture as we know it today. We depend on geological resources for all the material things we use. Our cultural heritage is underpinned by geology just as the ...
The IGH Programme
The Irish Geological Heritage (IGH) Programme is a partnership between The Geological Survey of Ireland (GSI) and the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) of The Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government (DEHLG). It aims to identify, document, and protect the wealth of geologica...
FAQs
What legal protection is there for fossil localities or other geological sites? The Wildlife (Amendment) Act 2000 provides for designation of Natural Heritage Areas (NHAs) which will include geological sites. Until actually designated, there is no real protection for any important si...
ProGEO
ProGEO is the European Association for the Conservation of the Geological Heritage. ProGEO objectives are: To promote the conservation of Europe's rich heritage of landscape, rock, fossil and mineral sites. To inform a wider public of the importance of this patrimony, and of its relevance t...
Mining Heritage
Another area of importance in which GSI takes a strong interest is that of mining heritage. The Mining Heritage Trust of Ireland (MHTI) has supported or led many community ventures to conserve, protect, interpret and promote local mining heritage throughout the country (such as at Allihies Man En...
ATLANTERRA
ATLANTERRA, fuelled by the GREEN MINES project experience (co-financed by the INTERREG IIIB Atlantic Area program), aims for the preservation, the promotion and the transnational structuring of the mining patrimony along the Atlantic Area. The former mining regions gathered are determined to preserv...
GREEN MINES
GREEN MINES was a consortium of partners from Spain, Portugal, Wales and Ireland collaborating to advance environmental remediation of abandoned mine areas and their conversion into economically sustainable heritage resources. The project ran for 18 months between 2007 and 2008 and was funded by INT...
Archives
The GSI is a recognised repository of the National Archives and has a statutory responsibility for the records of the organisation as a part of government. In practice, there are specific collections of more historical or important records that are separated in an Archive Room, that is protected fro...