Explore Your Archives Launch Ireland

Explore Your Archive in Ireland will be launched on Thursday 21st November in the Irish Architectural Archive, Merrion Square in Dublin. Kindly supported by the Irish Manuscripts Commission, the launch will kick off a week of events in local and national organisations in Ireland, to celebrate Explore Your Archive. ARA, Ireland will also be launching their new website on the night: https://araireland.com/

The campaign ambassador for Ireland this year is Fin Dwyer: historian, author and creator of the Irish History Podcast. Fin commented: “I was delighted to be asked to be Explore Your Archive ambassador this year. Through my own work as an historian and in my podcast, I recognise the importance and value of research and storytelling. But it’s also important that archives are for everyone, not just historians or researchers. You don’t need to be an expert to use archives; you just need a keen interest and curiosity in Irish history and heritage.”

Historian Fin Dwyer, ARA Ireland Ambassador for Explore Your Archive 2019 at the Registry of Deeds in Dublin

There’ll be various events happening during the launch week in archives around Ireland. Some highlights include “A beginner’s guide to using DNA for family history” by Martin McDowell, held in the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland on 28th November. More information can be found here: https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/beginners-guide-using-dna-family-history; and “Cooking the Books”; a look at the cookery books of the National Library of Ireland held on 27th November in the NLI. More details available here: http://www.nli.ie/en/list/current-events.aspx?page=2&article=e042f4d5-7054-441a-b153-ef7ae33f68f7

Niamh Ní Charra (ARA Ireland Comms Officer), Fin Dwyer (EYA 2019 Ambassador), Joanne Carroll (Campaigns Officer) at the Registry of Deeds in Dublin

There’ll also be plenty of featured archives from Ireland, including ‘A Christmas Spectacle: The Story of Panto in Dublin’ about the exhibition in Dublin City Library and Archive; and ‘To be Taught Everything Necessary…Discover 19th Century Childhood through Loreto Boarding Schools’ about the IBVM (Loreto), Institute & Irish Province Archives.

Joanne Carroll (Campaigns Officer), Fin Dwyer (EYA 2019 Ambassador), Niamh Ní Charra (ARA Ireland Comms Officer) at the Registry of Deeds in Dublin


The first of April was no April Fool for the archive and record keeping sector as ARA Scotlands’ #Archive30 campaign commenced across twitter and other social media platforms.

ARA Scotland is one of the national and regional groups of the Archive and Records Association. They hold a range of training events across the year and are also responsible for the Scotland based Explore Your Archive launch event held in November each year. They also run a series of social media campaigns each year for Scottish archives to contribute to and #Archive30 is one campaign that anyone from anywhere in the world can join in.