Following the success of recent Inspiring Ireland 1916 public memorabilia 'collection days' in Dublin, the Digital Repository of Ireland is delighted to announce that it is holding three new collection day events in London, New York and Belfast. These events will enable members of the public in these cities to share their personal objects (such as letters, diaries, photographs and ephemera) and family stories related to events in Ireland during 1916, and to have this material digitised by experts, free of charge, for preservation and display within the DRI repository and Inspiring Ireland sites. The events are part of Ireland 2016, the official programme to mark the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising and the international events are supported by the Irish Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
The Inspiring Ireland 1916 New York collection day is being organized in partnership with the Irish Consulate General in New York and Glucksman Ireland House, the centre for Irish and Irish-American Studies at New York University. Glucksman Ireland House provides access to Irish and Irish-American culture and fosters excellence in the study of Ireland, Irish America, and the global Irish Diaspora.
The Inspiring Ireland 1916 New York collection day takes place in Glucksman Ireland House, New York City on Sunday, April 17, 2016 - 1pm to 6pm. To participate please complete the pre-appointment object registration form online or contact Caroline McGee for assistance: firstname.lastname@example.org. Appointments will be allocated on a 'first come, first served' basis. You will be contacted to schedule an appointment.
Inspiring Ireland collection days have been featured in the news:
Urgent appeal to the Irish in the US to check their attics for 1916 memorabilia (Irish Central, 9 March 2016)
Trunk Call: Irish Expats Are Being Asked to Look Into the Past (Wall Street Journal, 8 March 2016)
News clip on London Collection Day (RTE Six One News, 19 March 2016)