PRONI's archives unlocked

These talks, which were led by PRONI staff, centred on archival collections in PRONI and provided excellent insight on ways of using PRONI sources for family and local history.

Glynn Kelso

14 September 2017
‘Drawn from our land: revealing maps from the collections’

Drawing upon various examples from PRONI, including regional plots, estate plans, property charts and ordnance survey, this illustrated talk will show how historical maps reveal the skills and ideas that shaped them, while marking a route through our historic landscape.

Graham Jackson

21 September 2017
‘Prison records at PRONI’

This talk will shed light on prison records at PRONI dating from the mid nineteenth to late twentieth century, covering the Crumlin Road Gaol, Derry Gaol, Armagh prison, and latterly the HMP Long Kesh and Maze. The archives form part of our community memory and reflect the diversity of experience of those imprisoned, the staff, and impact on families from the Victorian period to the Troubles.  The records include: registers, files, photographs and audio-visual recordings.

Andrew Toland 

28 September 2017
‘A Sporting Life - Sport in the archives’

‘A Sporting Life’ focuses on PRONI’s rich collection of sport records, providing an insight into the roots and establishment of various sports in Northern Ireland over 150 years.  The talk will cover sports such as, Soccer, Rugby, Athletics, Golf, GAA, Cricket and Boxing, as well as a host of other sports which you might not expect to have seen in Northern Ireland. The talk also focuses on fascinating records contained within the archives of some of the sporting greats.

Lorraine Bourke and Joy Carey

5 October 2017
 ‘Capturing the past - photographic collections and digitisation’

The PRONI archive contains a vast wealth of rich photographic images which show the history of the north of Ireland – its people, places, its industry and culture. 

PRONI holds several major photographic collections, but additionally, many thousands of photographs are scattered throughout the collections -  snapshots of a loved one inserted into a letter, images from around the world in the pages of a photo album from an illustrious family, or a photo of more recent troubled times from a registered government file. 

This talk explores some of the many images held within PRONI’s archive and also highlights the digitisation work being carried out by PRONI to preserve these wonderful collections, and make them available online. 

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