Our call for contributions

Earlier this year, geographers, historians and others came together to organise a series of events. Named Simms 120, these events are in remembrance of and assessing the legacy of Herbert George Simms, who was born 120 years ago this year. It is also the 70th anniversary of his death in 1948.

Through his work with Dublin Corporation, Simms was responsible for some of the most elegant and highest quality housing that remains in Dublin city to the present day. From Cabra, Crumlin and in the heart of the city, Simms’ work and vision for Dublin are still present. These places not just about housing, but fostering community.

To recall his work, and in light of the significant challenges that face housing in the present, this set of events will draw together some of the main ideas about Simms’ work in and legacy for Dublin city. Through seminars, oral histories and visual representation, the conference will examine Simms’ legacy to the city of Dublin and assess his contribution to the development of communities across Dublin.

We are seeking contributions from all to help remember the work of Simms but particularly from:

  • Residents of Simms-designed housing
  • Architectural and social historians
  • Geographers
  • Planners
  • Local history groups
  • Photographers
  • Poets and other artists
  • Housing policy workers
  • Community workers

Closing date for contributions is Friday August 31st 2018, with a decision for inclusion by September 7th.

Contact Eoin O’Mahony at simmsdublin@gmail.com or on twitter @Simms120


This initiative is supported by DCC_RGB GSI RECTANGLE CLEAR JPG