This film focuses on the benefits to the wider community and public of conserving and enhancing historic structures. It tells the story of how Dublin Civic Trust restored its 18th century building by undertaking an rigorous investigation of its surviving significance and by revealing its cultural significance from beneath layers of time. The film includes before, during and after footage and interviews with craftsmen and tradesmen at work, highlighting the skill with which they work and the importance of having appropriately-qualified tradespeople to carry out such work and the importance of keeping these traditions alive.

This project demonstrates the potential of reuse for every historic town centre that would provide a significant and sustainable outcome for its community.