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Welcome to the PRONI website

Welcome to the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI).  PRONI aims to identify, preserve and make available Northern Ireland's unique archival heritage and community memory.


You can carry out research in PRONI free of charge.  To register you must bring photographic ID to obtain a visitor pass.  You can complete and return your PRONI registration form in advance.  See visiting PRONI for further details on registration and opening hours.

What can I do at PRONI?

Use PRONI's collection of archives
to research your family and local history. Browse our information leaflets, search our online archives and visit PRONI.
Attend talks or events being held throughout the year.  You can also plan group visits.  Join our mailing list to ensure you never miss out on what's happening.


6th Connaught Rangers, 4 June – 10 July 2015

PRONI will be hosting an exhibition of the 6th Connaught Rangers from the 4 June 2015 – 10 July 2015. The exhibition was curated by the 6th Connaught Rangers Research Group. Founded in 2006 and made up of volunteers with connections to men who fought during WW1, the group takes its name from the regiment that their relatives joined. Whilst concentrating on the 6th Connaught Rangers initially, research has expanded to those Belfast men who belonged to other regiments such as the 7th Leinsters. The 6th Connaught Rangers Research Group have used family stories, memorabilia, photographs, newspapers, archives and military sources to uncover the story of how their relatives came to fight in the war.

Letters of 1916 Belfast Launch

PRONI is pleased to host the launch of the SFI Discover Community Engagement on Thursday 28th May 2015. This event is sponsored by Science a Foundation Ireland.

More information on this event can be found on our Talks and Events page

The Antrim Coast in the Age of Industry, 1750 to 1890

Lunchtime Lecture Series 28th April to 2nd June 2015 starting at 1pm
PRONI will be delivering a series of lunchtime lectures in April, May and June 2015 examining the arrival of Victorian technology and industrial activity in the Antrim coast and Glens.  Until the 1800s much of the Antrim coast and Glens was wild and hard to access.  During the nineteenth century the landscape was opened up and efforts were made to bring about an industrial revolution, like that of Belfast, in the country villages and peat-bogs.
More information on this event can be found on our Talks and Events page.