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NLI History Ireland Hedge School: Photographs as historical sources

New podcast available

Friday, 2 June 2023
Women and men holding box cameras

Group of photographers at Clonbrock House, circa 1899 (CLON1936)

Are historians visually illiterate? Does colourisation bring old photographs to life or is it just a passing fad? ‘Coffee-table’ history books—good or bad?

In conjunction with the ongoing People & Places: Ireland in the 19th & 20th Centuries exhibition at the National Photographic Archive, these are some of the questions posed by editor, Tommy Graham, to Donal Fallon (historian, writer and broadcaster), Emily Mark Fitzgerald (UCD), and Sara Smyth (exhibition curator, National Library of Ireland).

The podcast is available to listen to here

The Hedge School series of podcasts is produced by History Ireland and the Wordwell Group. 

This Hedge School is supported by the National Library of Ireland, and was recorded at the National Photographic Archive, Temple Bar on the 31st May 2023.