Posts Tagged ‘Archives’

Building an archive: the Project Arts Centre

12 May 2010

Contributed by Barry Houlihan

What started as a one-off event refused to cease and end in the traditional sense. The creativity and energy that surrounded Project ’67 would grow and become what is now the Project Arts Centre. For almost half a century, the Project Arts Centre has stood as a loud, true and independent voice in the Irish theatre and visual arts scene. Today, its archive spanning 35 years has been deposited and catalogued at the National Library of Ireland.

The Project Arts Centre was initially created as a temporary and singular artistic event in the form of a three-week festival at the Gate Theatre, known as ‘Project 67’. The festival included plays, readings, jazz, teach-ins on censorship and theatre and art exhibitions. The presence of the Project archive creates a living memory bank and artistic resource possibly umatched in Irish artistic and theatrical history. It contains detailed manuscript records of the theatre, dance, visual art, film and music that made the Project synonymous with new and emerging Irish talent. The archive is a comprehensive account of the initiation and gestation of the Project, and traces its growth, its leaders, its greatest theatrical and artistic events, its many homes and also its conflicts. Read More

The Kennelly Photographic Archive

20 November 2009

Contributed by Ciara Breathnach

CB 1The Kennelly archive represents a 20-year photo-documentary record of social change in Ireland from 1953-1973, with a particular focus on County Kerry. The enterprising photographers, Pádraig and Joan Kennelly, had a studio in Tralee but did not limit their business to its confines. Apart from studio shots, the Kennellys toured the county taking photographs at various social, church, sporting events and fairs. In 1959 they diversified into the postcard business and shortly after that Pádraig became a freelance cameraman for RTÉ. He established the Kerry’s Eye, which is still a thriving local newspaper, in 1974. Needless to add his media interests influenced his photographic oeuvre and consequently, the archive features the more serious photo journalistic coverage of events like the Moss Moore murder in 1958 (John B. Keane’s 1966 play The Field, was based on this tragic affair, Jim Sheridan’s iconic movie of the same name, was released in 1990). Read More

Pue’s Recommendations for August

3 August 2009

Pue’s Recommendations is a (mostly biased) monthly list of things worth reading, watching, listening to and attending, put together by the editors of Pue’s Occurrences. If there’s anything you think we’ve missed out on, or anything you think isn’t worth the mention, feel free to leave us a comment.

The RivalsJuliana Adelman August 22-30 is Heritage Week. There are hundreds (thousands?) of free events going on around the country, bound to be something worthwhile near you. Be a tourist in your home town. They’re teaming up with Archive Awareness again this year, but there don’t seem to be any Irish events listed yet. So archivists out there, sign up! Also Robert Macnamara died in July this year (he was born in 1916) so in commemoration I’m re-reading Tim O’Brien’s first Vietnam novel, The Things They Carried.

Lisa-Marie Griffith I have just discovered Dublin City Blog – a fantastic way of finding out what’s going on in the capital. On Wednesday the 16th of August, Meeting House Square in Temple Bar hosts the ‘Culture & the City Debate‘. I have never been but this looks like it could be really interesting and promises to be lively. Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s The Rivals is playing at the Abbey 28 July – 19 September and while I haven’t seen this yet, the reviews I have seen, and the photographs of the set and costume, promise a fantastic production.

Kevin O’Sullivan This summer why not step off the beaten track around Ireland? In the East, head to the megalithic burial tombs at Loughcrew, Co. Meath or to Old Mellifont Abbey in Co. Louth. In the South, the heritage town of Lismore, Co. Waterford, is a gem, and the link to Walter Raleigh and Richard Boyle continues to Youghal in East Cork. Heading West, next time you’re in Kerry, visit Staigue stone fort, near Sneem. And finally, in the North, have a look at the two cathedrals and St. Patrick’s Trian in Armagh city. To read? Aalen, Whelan and Stout (eds.), Atlas of the Irish Rural Landscape (1997).

New Archive Report: The Irish Queer Archive

24 June 2009

Contributed by Ciarán Wallace

IQA - ProtestWhen a person dies it is like a library burning down. The US author Edmund White spoke for many historians and archivists when he described the loss of personal and communal memory that happens every day. Happily, a significant new collection of Irish social, political and social memory will shortly be available to researchers. The Irish Queer Archive (IQA) is a fascinating, and surprisingly rich, body of material relating to the campaign for equality by Irish lesbians and gays. As a by-product it also records the official and unofficial opposition which they faced. Indeed much of the history of late-twentieth century Ireland can be traced through this archive.

The archive contains around 250,000 press-clippings from as far back as the 1950s and copies of the many community publications produced since the 1970s. Provincial newsletters, short-run ‘zines’ and colour magazines (37 titles in all) give a lively picture of life both north and south of the border. One photo of half a dozen gay men with placards outside the Department of Justice in 1974 reminds you how grey Ireland was – in all senses of the word.  Read More