The Christopher Robson Photographic Collection is presented to the NPA

The Christopher Robson Photographic Collection was presented to the NLI's National Photographic Archive (15.12.15) by Bill Foley, Christopher Robson's civil partner, and the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN), in the presence of President Michael D Higgins.

In accordance with Christopher's wishes, his partner Bill Foley generously donated 2,000 slides to our national collections. The majority of these images by Christopher Robson were taken at LGBT+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) Pride events in Ireland between 1992 and 2007.

Christopher Robson was a founding member of GLEN and a well-known civil rights activist who died following a short illness in 2013.  He was involved in many campaigns for equality and civil liberty and served as a long-standing board member of the Irish Council for Civil Liberties and the Ana Liffey Drug Project.

Speaking at today's ceremony to mark the donation, Elizabeth Kirwan, Curator of the NLI's National Photographic Archive, said: "We are strongly committed to collecting and sharing the record of contemporary Ireland and are very grateful to receive this important donation of the Christopher Robson Photographic Collection today. We would like to express our gratitude to Christopher's partner Bill Foley and GLEN for their generosity and we are delighted to be able to receive this collection, both to preserve and to make it accessible to the wider public."

Kieran Rose, Co-Chair of GLEN, and founder of GLEN with Christopher, added: "I am delighted that, together with Bill, GLEN is presenting this important photographic collection to the NLI's National Photographic Archive. Chris was an extremely passionate and committed activist whose work had an enormous impact on social progress and human rights in Ireland."

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