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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.

Customer Notice

PRONI would like to make its customers aware that we will not be open late on Thursday evenings during the months of December 2015 and January 2016.

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.


Consultation on privileged access to information contained in court and inquest files

Culture, Arts and Leisure Minister Carál Ní Chuilín has announced a consultation on draft statutory rules which will provide privileged access to information contained in court and inquest files.
The proposed new rules would allow individuals requiring access to information contained in court or inquest files to receive that information privately on a confidential basis.
Please visit the DCAL Consultations pageOpens a new browser window. to find out how to respond. In finalising the Rules, DCAL will take account of the comments it receives by 5.00pm on Monday 22 February 2016.

Release of 1988 official files – the story from the archives

The official files for 1988 are open to the public from Wednesday 30th December 2015 at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI). The PRONI electronic catalogue has been updated and a separate full file list (together with a ‘highlights’ list) can be viewed on the PRONI website, from Wednesday 30th December 2015.
For more information please visit our Annual Releases page.
PRONI Records on CAIN

Over 230 PRONI Documents added to the CAIN Website

Over 230 documents have been added to the Conflict Archive on the INternet (CAIN) website as part of ongoing work between Ulster University and the Public Record Office (PRONI). This additional selection of material deals with the year 1986, and provides an insight into developments following the signing of the Anglo-Irish Agreement on 15 November 1985.  The documents illustrate the campaign amongst Unionists against the Agreement and provide an insight into the Anglo-Irish Intergovernmental Conference, where ongoing political and security matters were discussed between representatives of the British and Irish governments.
For more information please visit our PRONI records on CAIN page.