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Culture at risk: Digitally preserving the referendum on the 8th Amendment

Friday, September 18, 2020

Friday 18 September| From 4pm

Watch the webinar at the bottom of the page!

Join the Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI) on 18 September 2020 to celebrate Culture Night! The DRI is hosting a webinar exploring the long-term preservation of at-risk culturally significant digital materials for our event 'Culture at risk: Digitally preserving the referendum on the 8th Amendment'. 

In 2018, Ireland voted to repeal the eighth amendment to its constitution, paving the way for the legalisation of abortion in certain circumstances. The ‘yes’ vote was the result of a long grassroots campaign in the approach to the referendum. Can you remember the campaign materials that you saw in the months and weeks leading up to the referendum?

  • What part did social media play in this campaign?
  • Why are the materials that were created and circulated online now at dire risk of being lost?
  • What can be done to ensure that they survive in the long term, to be available to researchers and the public in the future?

Join the DRI to explore these questions and more in our webinar featuring expert speakers involved with the Wellcome Trust funded DRI project ‘Digital Preservation of Reproductive Health Resources: Archiving the 8th’.

Speakers include:

  • Clare Lymer, National Irish Visual Arts Library (NIVAL): Clare Lymer is the Digital Collections Officer at NIVAL. Clare will be speaking about the NIVAL Artists' Campaign to Repeal the Eighth Amendment Archive which is currently being ingested into DRI. Full interview available in the repository here.
  • Amy Walsh, Termination for Medical Reasons (TFMR): Amy is an artist, academic, activist and lecturer. In 2016, Amy became a Director of TFMR Ireland. TFMR is a pro-choice organisation made up of women, couples and pregnant people who received a diagnosis of a severe or fatal anomaly in pregnancy in Ireland. Full interview available in the repository here.
  • Linda Kavanagh, Abortion Rights Campaign (ARC) and Together for Yes: Linda Kavanagh is an abortion rights activist, graphic designer, and social media specialist. She was a spokesperson for ARC and a Communications Officer with Together for Yes, the national civil society campaign to remove the 8th Amendment. Full interview available in the repository here.

Interviews are conducted by the PIs of ‘Digital Preservation of Reproductive Health Resources: Archiving the 8th’, DRI Software Engineer Kathryn Cassidy and DRI Policy Manager Aileen O'Carroll.


This webinar contains interviews that have been edited for Culture Night. The full-length interview recordings can be found in the ‘DRI Member Showcase’ in the repository.