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Community Archive Scheme

Community archives aim to give visibility to the stories and histories of specific cultures and communities that are often underrepresented in national or regional archives.

Many communities on the island of Ireland have been historically marginalised, and this marginalisation continues to reflect an underrepresentation in traditional memory institutions. The time, effort, and skill that goes into creating community-based archives is often undertaken by individuals or groups working on a voluntary basis or with little funding.

As a publicly funded repository for Ireland’s social and cultural data, the Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI) believes it is important to make long-term preservation of digital materials open to a wide range of organisations, including those operating on a non-funded, voluntary basis. We value the publication of a diversity of datasets and collections and are committed to supporting community-based archival initiatives through sharing our digital preservation skills and profession-based knowledge. We, therefore, offer some associate memberships and all the related benefits, as part of our DRI Community Archive Scheme for the length of time it takes a group to add their collection to the Repository.

If you have any queries about the scheme you can email the DRI Membership Manager Maeve O’ Brien:

DRI Community Archive Scheme Winner 2024


Michael Fortune of will ingest a collection of ancient & contemporary folklore stories recorded in the film ‘A Bird in the House, God Bless Her.’ This film was made with a group from Southside Travellers Action Group between 2017-18 and tells of rare Easter and May Day customs, personal stories involving fairies, the banshee and shape-shifting hares; to contemporary customs such as acronyms used on Facebook.

‘A Bird in the House, God Bless Her’ marks the first collection in DRI that specifically focuses on the culture and experiences of the Traveller Community and it is a privilege for the Repository to hold such precious materials.

Application Form

Links to requirements and the application form needed to apply to the Community Archive Scheme

Information Events

Dates for upcoming online information sessions about the Community Archive Scheme

Previous Winners

Information on our previous Community Archive Scheme winners

DRI is funded by the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science (DFHERIS) via the Higher Education Authority (HEA) and the Irish Research Council (IRC).

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