Minister Humphreys announces major new digitisation funding for NLI

The Minister for Culture, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD, has announced funding for the National Library of Ireland’s project Towards a Republic, under the new cultural Digitisation Scheme. 

The Minister has approved over €2m for the new cultural Digitisation Scheme, which will fund a number of digitisation projects planned by National Cultural Institutions and cultural heritage organisations. It will operate as a pilot scheme as part of the Creative Ireland Programme.

Towards a Republic is the National Library’s next major cataloguing and digitisation project, marking the second phase of the Decade of Commemorations from 1917 to 1923.

The digitised papers will be made openly available online on a phased basis between 2018 and 2023, and the National Library will publicise each major tranche of papers as they become available in its digital repository. These rich archives reveal the social, cultural and political context of the period, enabling everyone to explore key moments such as suffrage, 1918 Elections, the First and subsequent Dáils, the Peace Conference, the Anglo-Irish War, the Treaty negotiations, and the Civil War.

Personal papers of John Devoy, Arthur Griffith, Rosamond Jacob, Annie O’Farrelly, John Redmond and the Sheehy Skeffingtons, amongst many others, provide complex insights into the events and personalities that shaped the later revolutionary period and Civil War. They go beyond the experience and perspectives of the individuals themselves through their correspondence and interaction with diverse and opposing figures and organisations. 

Read the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht release here

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