The Royal Irish Academy/Acadamh Ríoga na hÉireann champions research. We identify and recognise Ireland’s world class researchers. We support scholarship and promote awareness of how science and the humanities enrich our lives and benefit society. We believe that good research needs to be promoted, sustained and communicated. The Academy is run by a Council of its members. Membership is by election and considered the highest academic honour in Ireland.

Read more about the RIA

DRI Welcomes Historic Environment Record of Northern Ireland (HERoNI) as Member

09 May 2023

The Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI) is pleased to announce that the Historic Environment Record of Northern Ireland (HERoNI) has joined as our latest member – marking a significant milestone as our first member from Northern Ireland.

HERoNI holds information on all elements of Northern Ireland's historic environment in the form of databases, written records, maps, photographic, drawn and digital material. They hold significant records and collections of national importance relating to all aspects of the historic environment.  Information curated by HERoNI includes all surviving physical remains of past human activity in Northern Ireland, whether visible, buried, submerged or landscaped.

On joining DRI, Senior Archaeologist Emma McBride said: 

HERoNI is an evolving resource and we welcome joining DRI as it will help us preserve our vast array of information and provide a platform to make it more readily available to everyone. Our first focus will be publishing Northern Ireland’s excavation data through DRI.

DRI Interim Director, Dr Lisa Griffith said: 

We are delighted to announce that the Historic Environment Record of Northern Ireland (HERoNI) have joined DRI as members. They join a growing number of Irish Archaeology Centres, including the Discovery Programme and TII, who have made DRI the repository for their data. We are proud to now say that we work with archaeologists from across the island of Ireland to preserve their digital records and ensure they are accessible for the long term, and we look forward to working with more Northern Irish organisations in the future.

HERoNI joins a growing number of archaeology centres that are providing access and long-term preservation for collections through membership of DRI. Visit our membership page to learn more about DRI membership opportunities. We provide regular updates on collection publications on our Twitter page and you can also follow us on Instagram to uncover more treasures in the Repository.

Stay up to date with the Royal Irish Academy newsletter

Sign up now