DRI is delighted to welcome our newest member, the Irish Historic Towns Atlas. 

The Irish Historic Towns Atlas (IHTA) is a research project of the Royal Irish Academy and has been publishing printed atlases since 1986. The aim of the project is to record the topographical development of a selection of Irish towns both large and small. Each town is published separately as a fascicle or folder and includes a series of maps complemented by a detailed text section. The Irish Historic Towns Atlas is part of a wider European scheme, with towns atlases containing broadly similar information available for a number of countries. Thus Irish towns can be studied in their European context.  

This will be the first time that DRI have worked with large-scale cartographic material, and represents an exciting new development in the repository’s holdings.

Commenting on the new partnership, Sarah Gearty, Cartographic Editor of IHTA, said: ‘IHTA is a project dedicated to understanding and recording our urban heritage, and we’re looking forward to working with the DRI in sharing and preserving some of the rich contents of our publications.’

DRI believes its national mandate is best achieved through partnership, so it continues to build relationships and collaborations with national and international centres of excellence in digital preservation, and with the owners and custodians of cultural and social content. As a member of DRI, the IHTA will be able to ingest its digital material for long term preservation in our Repository, and be more directly involved in the shaping of DRI's future. 

"We are very pleased to welcome the Irish Historic Towns Atlas as members of the Digital Repository of Ireland. DRI has a longstanding relationship with the IHTA, and we know well of their commitment to excellence in recording and making available Ireland's topographical history. This collaboration marks a key step towards the long term digital preservation of their important contributions to Irish and European heritage, and will also enable the IHTA's maps to be discovered alongside related content from other sources." said Dr Natalie Harrower, DRI's Director.