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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.

Preservation Week 7th to 11th December 2015

PRONI's annual Preservation week will be held on the above dates. Throughout this week we will be operating a limited service. Self service microfilm will be available however there will be NO document production for this week.

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.


Stand up and Be Counted! Cafe Style Workshop 28th September 2015 starting at 1.30pm

PRONI invites you to the launch of our new online resource, entitled Stand Up and Be Counted! On 28th September which uses archives to explore issues around suffrage, gender and democracy.
The launch will be followed by a practical workshop demonstrating how the resource can be used in the community. This free event is aimed at community group members and leaders, youth workers, educationalists, cultural and good relations staff, or anyone wishing to explore decade of centenaries topics or issues around suffrage and democracy.
For more information please visit the What's on section of our website.

Release of 1987 Official Files - the Story From the Archives

The official files for 1987 are open to the public from Friday 21st August 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 21st August 2015.
For more information please visit the Annual Releases section of our website.

Up Down: Stories that Make a County Lecture Series

Between August and October 2015, PRONI will be delivering a series of lunchtime talks bringing new insights into the events and works that shaped the land and people of County Down. The first of this series is on 26th August at 1pm with Philip Donald on Pure Water for a Thirsty Belfast: the need for a reservoir in Silent Valley.
For more information please visit the What's on section of our website.