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2012 Programme

Lunchtime Lectures at the Linenhall Library

The Linenhall Library has generously agreed to host a series of lunchtime lectures delivered by PRONI staff and guest speakers on the last Wednesday of the month as follows:

'Gone for good: PRONI sources on emigration'

by Dr Ann McVeigh, Public Record Office of Northern Ireland
27 June 2012
These talks, which are free of charge, will start at 1pm in the Performance Area of the Linenhall Library.  Everyone welcome.

Family History Events

Derry/Londonderry Maritime Homecoming Festival, Thursday 5 - Sunday 8 July 2012

PRONI staff will be manning a stand at this city centre event, which markes the final leg of the Clipper round the world yacht race.  Our stall will be open between 11am and 5pm over the four days of the festival.

'Health and Welfare in the Archives': A Symposium

‘Health and Welfare in the Archives’

Dr Lesley Hall, Senior Archivist at the Wellcome Library will be the keynote speaker
22 June 2012, PRONI.

The Centre for the History of Medicine in Ireland (CHOMI), University of Ulster and Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) are co-hosting a one day symposium.
The event seeks to bring together archivists and academics, working on the areas of health and welfare, to discuss issues such as:
  • how the records are used in academic research;
  • how they have informed and directed research;
  • issues relating to access to records;
  • working with sensitive or confidential material and
  • the acquisition and cataloguing of records.
The aim of the symposium is to provide a space for academics and archivists to come together to share experiences and to assist in furthering and developing understanding of the role of these archival records in historical research.

Reflecting on a Decade of War and Revolution in Ireland 1912-1923: Historians and Public History - Dublin Conference

PRONI will be participating in the delivery of this Dublin conference:
The next decade will see a series of centenaries of key events in the history of modern Ireland, ranging from the Ulster Covenant, through the First World War and the 1916 Rising, to the foundation of the Irish and Northern Irish states.
To begin the commemoration of these events, Universities Ireland – the network of university presidents and vice-chancellors on the island of Ireland – is sponsoring (together with The Irish Times) a major one-day conference in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham in Dublin on Saturday 23rd June under the title Reflecting on a decade of War and Revolution in Ireland 1912-1923: Historians and Public History.
The keynote speakers will be Professor Jay Winter, Charles J. Stille Professor of History at Yale University, an international authority on the First World War and its impact on the 20th century; Professor Paul Bew, Professor of Politics at Queen’s University Belfast, a noted authority on Irish and Northern Irish politics and history in the late 19th and 20th centuries; and Professor Diarmaid Ferriter, Professor of Modern History at University College Dublin, one of the country’s outstanding younger historians, noted for his extensive new insights into 20th century Irish history.
There will also be a session on accessing new material from the archives on the 1912-1923 period, with speakers from the Imperial War Museum in London, the National Archives of Ireland and the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland; and a panel discussion on ‘The Challenges of Commemoration in Public History’ with inputs from historians from five Irish and Northern Irish universities (and contributions from the audience). We have invited the Taoiseach, Mr Enda Kenny TD, formally to open this event.
A draft programme is available hereOpens a new browser window.. There will be a small charge of €12/£10 (payable at the door) to cover the cost of lunch and refreshments.
You can register by completing the online booking form by clicking on a new browser window. before Friday 15th June. There will be no charge for students showing student identity cards.
Further details are available from the Administrator of Universities Ireland, Patricia McAllister at or 0044 (0) 28 3751 8282/1550.

Change, Conflict and Transformation, 1912-1922 - A Lecture Series

PRONI will be hosting a series of lectures on this turbulent period of Irish history. Talks will be delivered by the following speakers:
6th September - Stephen Scarth
13th September - Dr Eamon Phoenix
20th Spetember - Dr Tim Bowman
27th September - William Crawley and Brian Henry Martin