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Engineering Visual Identity: The Boyne Viaduct at Drogheda

Soaring across the Drogheda skyline the Boyne Viaduct was designed by Sir John Macneill from 1844 and constructed between 1851 and 1855. Born in Co. Louth, Macneill was one of the most prominent railway engineers of the nineteenth century and was engineer in chief of the Dublin and Drogheda Railway. He introduced the principles of iron lattice-girder bridge construction and demonstrated them most dramatically across the River Boyne at Drogheda. This zoom lecture will explore his rarely-seen original engineering drawings and the artistry of his draughtsmanship, as well as the viaduct’s representations in paintings, photography and print.

The recurring presence of the viaduct in Nano Reid’s paintings as part of ADAMANTINE demonstrated the dominance of the Boyne Viaduct in Drogheda’s visual and cultural consciousness.

Siobhan Osgood is researching the architecture of the former Great Northern Railway of Ireland for her PhD at Trinity College Dublin, funded by the Government of Ireland Irish Research Council. She was awarded the Desmond Guinness Scholarship for research in 2022, whilst in 2019 she was awarded the Society of Industrial Archaeology USA studentship prize to present her work in Chicago. She completed her master’s in Art History at Trinity College Dublin in 2016 with Distinction and in 2017 was awarded the Association of Industrial Archaeology UK dissertation prize for her master’s thesis. Siobhan first became interested in the built environment of railway companies as an undergraduate researching the visual identity of the London Underground for which she was awarded a First class honours degree.

Follow her research at Twitter: @IrishRailArch and Instagram: @IrishRailArch

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Engineering Visual Identity: The Boyne Viaduct at Drogheda

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