Unlocking the Archives Part 1: Hidden Voices

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Online, Tuesday 30th June

Unlocking the Archives Part 1: Hidden Voices – Trinity Long Room Hub presents this Research Showcase from the Beyond 2022 Project.

Marking the anniversary of the terrible fire of June 30th 1922, which destroyed seven centuries of Ireland's historical memory — a Virtual Research Showcase and Panel Discussion on the 98th anniversary of the fire.

Unlocking the Archives Part 1: Hidden Voices.
The Beyond 2022 research team is working to reconstruct the collections destroyed in 1922 and re-imagine them in virtual reality. Join the team as we discuss our latest archival discoveries from around the world and demonstrate how technological advancements can recover voices hidden deep in the historical record.

  • Saved from the fire: the National Archives of Ireland Salved Record collection.
    As conservation and listing work funded by the Irish Manuscript Commission progresses, Zoë Reid, Senior Conservator, National Archives of Ireland, and Dr Paul Dryburgh, Principal Records Specialist, The National Archives (UK), explain the conservation challenges in these unique survivors from 1922, and uncover their fascinating content.
  • What would you save from the flames?
    Dr Sarah Hendriks, Beyond 2022 Research Fellow at The National Archives (UK), and Dr Timothy Murtagh, Beyond 2022 Research Fellow of the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI), tell us what one thing they wish they could have saved from the 1922 fire and why, before exploring the detective work involved in locating partial replacements.
  • Hidden among the data: the Beyond 2022 Knowledge Graph for Irish History.
    Dr Christophe Debruyne and Dr Lynn Kilgallon showcase this exciting Computer Science research strand in Beyond 2022’s work, demonstrating its potential for changing the questions we can ask of the recovered records, and the hidden stories it can reveal.

This is the first of two events planned for the 30th June; you can read about the evening event here.

Tuesday 30th June
1.00pm - 2.00pm
Free - Registration required


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