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Ground Zero flag Touchscreen and image boards from the Change, Conflict and Transformation Exhibition Group talks at PRONI

"Wheel Fever": Archival Glimpses of Cycling in IrelandGiro d'Italia logo, courtesy of Northern Ireland Tourist Board

In May 2014 the Giro d’Italia cycling race, one of the word’s great sporting events, will launch from Belfast’s Titanic Quarter. To celebrate, PRONI has tapped into ‘Giro Fever’ and created a digital gallery of images from our collections which illuminate the history of cycling in Ireland. From pioneers to entrepreneurs, clubs to gymkhanas, the stories held within these documents can now be discovered and shared by all.

Sketch of 1897 prototype for 'Triangular Bicycle Frame' by A.H. Finlay, Ann Street, Belfast. PRONI ref. D4578/UNL

G8: Hall Of Documents & Top 10 treasures of PRONI relating to Co. Fermanagh

To mark the 2013 G8 summit taking place at Lough Erne, Co. Fermanagh, PRONI has collected and displayed a range of documents and photographs online relating to the countries and governments involved as well as a list of the Top 10 archives of PRONI relating to Fermanagh.

A Royal Visit

HRH Princess Elizabeth being presented with a bouquet by Miss Muriel Hambrook on a visit to Belfast. 26th May 1949
In celebration of Queen Elizabeth II's historic visit to Northern Ireland on the 27th June 2012, PRONI has collected photographs from our archives of a previous royal visit. Travelling with her new husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Queen visited Belfast in May 1949, when she was still Princess Elizabeth, to receive the Freedom of the City.

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North to South: Northern Ireland and the History of Australia

Ned Kelly drawing. Unknown artist
The first convict ships from Britain reached Sydney Harbour in January, 1788, most likely with people of Irish birth on board. The first convicts directly from Ireland, 133 men and 22 women, arrived on the 'Queen' on 26 September, 1791, beginning an association between Ireland and Australia that lasts to this day.

This online exhibition covers the period 1788 to 1901 concentrating on those from the North of Ireland (and their descendants) who contributed to making of the Commonwealth of Australia by using a range of records held in PRONI such as photographs, sketches, maps and poignant emigrant letters

19th Century Emigration to the North Americas

Mud Cabin, 1883. Bladon Park, Belfast. PRONI Ref: T1129/360

According to the historian David Fitzpatrick, Ireland during the nineteenth century 'was a land which most people wanted to leave'.

But why? Where did they go? And what did they find when they got there? PRONI has joined forces with the Belfast Telegraph to answer those questions and many others.
Concentrating on emigration to America and Canada, our exhibition uses letters, diary extracts and illustrations to trace the steps of the emigrants, from their decision to leave right through to their arrival in 'the promised land'.
Between 1800 and 1900, almost 8 million people bade farewell to their Irish home in search of new lives in a new world. Why? Enter our online exhibition and discover for yourself.

PRONI on the Record

Rabstown national school, co Tyrone 1910. PRONI Ref: D1422/B/23/18
PRONI on the Record illustrates the wide range of material deposited at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI)

Unline any other UK institution PRONI combines the functions of a whole range of institutions - a Public Record Office, Manuscripts Department of a National Library and County Record Office for Northern Ireland all in one.

PRONI on the Record demonstrates why the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland is of invaluable benefit to students, genealogists and members of the public by showing the wealth of history that we hold here.

Hidden Connections: Ulster and Slavery, 1807-2007

The ‘Hidden Connections: Ulster and Slavery, 1807-2007’ exhibition to mark the bi-centenary of the abolition of the slave trade in the British Empire ran in a number of venues throughout Northern Ireland. Curated by PRONI and launched in November 2007 in the Linen Hall Library,Opens a new browser window. the exhibition drew on documents from PRONI’s archives, artefacts from the Ulster MuseumOpens a new browser window. and contemporary books and pamphlets from the Linen Hall Library and elsewhere. A catalogue Ulster and Slavery (4.2MB)Adobe PDF formatted documentOpens a new browser window. was produced. It includes an extensive appendix listing the references to slavery to be found in the various archives held in PRONI.