Explore your archives at PRONI

Date published: 16 November 2017

Explore your Archive Week runs from 18- 26 November and to mark the occasion, the Public Record Office Northern Ireland (PRONI) will host a series of events, with many already booking up fast.

The Explore your Archive campaign is coordinated jointly by The National Archives (UK) and the Archives and Records Association (UK and Ireland) and aims to increase public awareness of the essential role of archives in our society, to celebrate our network of collections and emphasise the skills and professionalism of the sector.

Just some of the highlights on offer at PRONI include the Storytelling from Conflict conference on Tuesday 21 November which will use records from the Prisons’ Memory Archive, including photographs and recordings with staff and prisoners from Maze/Long Kesh, to explore how stories are lost and found, and the impact archives can have on understanding our past.

On Wednesday 22 November there will be a presentation on Everyday Life in the Irish Borderlands in the Early Twentieth Century which will draw on research from PRONI’s archives to discuss the effects the border has had on many aspects of life such as trade and culture.

Full details on all events and how to book can be found on nidirect

Michael Willis, Director of PRONI commented: “We are delighted to participate in Explore your Archive Week alongside our colleagues in UK and Ireland.  With an increased interest in history and genealogy, this is an opportunity to hear some special speakers and get a better understanding of what resources are available.

“Of course we do not restrict exploring the archives to just one week as PRONI is open to the public Monday to Friday, all year round with many of our archives also available online.”

Details on how to access PRONI records and to keep up to date with talks and seminars throughout the year please check out PRONI online. 

Notes to editors: 

  1. Further details on PRONI are available on nidirect or follow the PRONI Facebook page
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