This collection of over 600 scenes with explanatory texts, reflecting contemporary life in Ireland, was organised jointly by the Federation of Local History Societies and the Federation for Ulster Local Studies between 1993 and 1996. The project was sponsored by RTÉ and Fuji Ireland Ltd. Some forty-five local history societies – North and South – participated, selecting, researching and photographing what they considered were the ‘most significant’ scenes within their communities.
A total of fifty-seven photographers and 112 researchers participated, backed up by a small central committee and work-party. Everyone worked entirely on a voluntary basis.
The individual photographs and associated texts are available for study in the photographic archive, together with backup information. A printed catalogue and a keyword index, listing the material and explaining the collection, are also available. The collection will be made fully searchable via the National Library of Ireland catalogue in 2012, in advance of a planned digitization project.