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Ireland’s past published — over 90 years of IMC publishing

September 25, 2020

In this final short film contribution to the Festival of History 2020, we look at the work done behind the scenes to identify and preserve materials which allow for the writing of history based on contemporaneous sources. Shortly after the destruction of the Four Courts in 1922, the Irish Manuscripts Commission was formed to recover […]

Ireland’s past recovered: families and people

September 18, 2020

This is the second of three short films for the Festival of History 2020 looking at Irish history through the sources presented in IMC editions. History is about past people, their lives and their experiences. In this short feature historians Jane Ohlmeyer and David Fleming and genealogist Nicola Morris show how we can recover the […]

Ireland’s past recovered: health and wealth

September 11, 2020

As part of IMC’s contribution to the Festival of History this is the first of three short films looking at Irish history through IMC editions. History isn’t just about politics and great men. Historians like to try capturing past lives of a cross section of society where sources are available. This short film features historians […]

Early 16th-century court source

September 9, 2020

In what has been a challenging year, the Commission is delighted to announce the first edition of 2020. ‘The Act Book of the Diocese of Armagh, 1518–1522’, edited by John McCafferty, is a rare survival for Ireland. Compiled twenty years before Henry VIII’s break with Rome, the Act Book of Archbishop Cromer is a key […]