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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.


Irish Emigration to Australia

Lunchtime Talks by Dr Richard Reid and Dr Perry McIntyre
Friday 8th May 2015 at 1pm
Dr Perry McIntyre:‘a decent set ofgirls’- the emigration of Irishworkhouse orphan females to Australia, 1848-1850.
During the Great Famine more than 4,100 young Irish womenvolunteered to emigrate from workhouses all over Ireland to thecolonies of New South Wales and South Australia. Many were from the north of Ireland and, indeed, the most notorious of the orphan ships, the Earl Grey in 1848, took girls to Sydney from Belfast, Dungannon, Armagh, Antrim and Banbridge workhouses. Australia’s national Famine Memorial in Sydney commemorates the story of the Famine orphansand this presentation will outline current research on this major emigration story
Dr Richard Reid: 'Ned Kelly and all that’ - the story of the Irish in Australia, 1788-the present.
The Irish who went to Australia are among the best documented emigrants in the world and they arethe only ones so far tohave had a major exhibition in a national museum - the National Museum of Australia - to tell their story. Records brought from Ireland for this exhibition range from a colonialgovernor’s day uniform to the magnificent gold cuppresented to the 1848 rebel leader, William Smith O’Brien by hiscountrymenin the colony of Victoria. Thispresentation will try to do the impossible - tell the wholestory in 40 minutes!
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The Belfast Blitz The City in the War Year by Brian Bardon

Book Launch 12th May at 2.30pm
It is the most wide-ranging, comprehensive and accurate account of the Belfast blitz yet written. Drawing on a rich range of primary and secondary sources it gets closer to the events described than any previous publication. Large numbers of people, including first-hand witnesses, were interviewed, and documentary material was assembled from some thirty archive centres.
Vividly illustrated with almost two hundred original photographs,many previously unpublished, the book also contains for the first time the full list of civilian dead – almost nine hundred names – compiled by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. It will thus serve as a timely memorial, on the seventy-fifth anniversary in 2016, of one of the most devastating periods in Belfast’s history.
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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.