NLI joins forces with Hunt Museum for WWI family history roadshow on 5 November
On Wednesday 21 March last, over 600 people attended the World War One Family History Roadshow at the National Library in Kildare Street, Dublin. They brought memorabilia belonging to family and friends who took part in World War One, and told their stories. They also discussed their family history with experts from the Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association and the National Museum of Ireland.
Everyone who attended was helping to build the first ever online European archive of private stories and documents from World War One, a project led by Oxford University and Europeana (Europe’s digital library, museum and archive). All items brought to the National Library were digitally photographed, so that visitors could take their precious memorabilia home with them. Once digitised and catalogued, the material was uploaded to the Europeana 1914-1918 website, where it can now be viewed by everyone.
Such was the interest in the project that we are now partnering with the Hunt Museum in Limerick for the first of a number of roadshows around the country in the run-up to 2014. On Monday, 5 November 2012, we are inviting you to bring your WWI memorabilia (anything from diaries to helmets, and from medals to postcards) to the Hunt Museum, where it will be digitised and added to the online archive, along with the stories that bring these objects to life. We are delighted that we will be joined on the day by Mr Jimmy Deenihan, TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, whose Department has made the Irish roadshow days possible. There will also be historians and experts on hand to talk to you about the significance of your finds.
Places on the roadshow day are limited; if you would like to join us on Monday 5 November between 10am and 5pm, to share your stories and keepsakes, please make an advance booking. Call us at 01-603 0346, or email firstname.lastname@example.org , letting us know if you would prefer to attend in the morning or evening.