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New DRI Blog Exploring Hidden Heritage and the Cork LGBT Archive

20 August 2021

Community archives aim to give visibility to the stories and histories of specific cultures and communities that are often underrepresented in national or regional archives. In a new blog, the Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI) looks at the award-winning community-based work of the Cork LGBT Archive. 

The Cork LGBT Archive, founded by Orla Egan, gathers, preserves, and shares information about the rich history of LGBT activism and community in Cork. Orla was the winner of the inaugural DRI Community Archive Scheme in 2019 and the Cork LGBT Archive collection has been preserved for long-term access in the Repository

The Cork LGBT Archive was recently awarded a grant from the Heritage Council to support the further development of the digital archive over the summer of 2021, the creation of an online photography exhibition ‘Cork Queeros’, and the filming of several oral history interviews. The funding received from the Heritage Council enabled the Cork LGBT Archive to hire two early career researchers – Patrick Egan and Mira Dean – to work on digitising materials to add to the digital archive on the Cork LGBT website and the collections in the Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI) and Europeana. The digitisation and archival work began in June 2021 and has continued over the summer. In a new interview-style blog, the DRI speaks to Orla, Patrick, and Mira about hidden heritage and the Cork LGBT Archive. Read more on the DRI blog.

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