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Dublin in the Archives – digital collections exploring the city and county


Friday, September 17, 2021, 16:00




Free online event: booking essential

Culture night event aimed at researchers, historians, archivists, librarians, cultural heritage enthusiasts, and anybody interested in learning more about the digital record of Dublin’s social, cultural, and historical memory.

Digital archives are bursting with collections relating to Dublin’s past and present. They trace the boundaries and geography of the city and the social, cultural, and business life of Dubliners through its centuries of habitation. This interactive webinar, hosted by the Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI) as part of the Culture Night 2021 programme of events, brings together the content creators of these exceptional collections as well as the historians, geographers, and curators of digitised records to showcase what Dublin city and county material is available online and in digital format. The event will show how these digital collections can be used together to give us a multi-dimensional view of Dublin’s past and present. 

Join us on Friday 17 Sept for a lively discussion of archival collections containing rich material ranging from ‘ghost signs’ that illustrate the hidden history of Dublin’s commercial past, historical collections on key events in our shared history like the 1916 Rising, community-based films that showcase the contemporary social history of the city, photographs that provide insight into the fascinating heritage of communities like the Dublin Port docklands, and much more.

The event will be chaired by Deputy City Librarian at Dublin City Libraries and Archives (DCLA), Brendan Teeling. DCLA holds a remarkable range of digital collections within the DRI that both document and illuminate the history of Dublin over the last eight centuries, and we are delighted to be collaborating with them on this event.

Speakers include:

  • Emma Clarke, Dublin Ghost Signs
  • Karen De Lacey, Fingal County Council
  • Joe Lee, Dublin-based Community Films by Joe Lee
  • James Smith, Ports, Past and Present, University College Cork

Image Credit: Fáilte Ireland. Interior of a Dublin Pub -  ‘The Long Hall', Digital Repository of Ireland [Distributor], Dublin City Library and Archive [Depositing Institution].


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