New source for Irish maritime history

November 24, 2022

After some unexpected delays the Commission is delighted to announce the publication of James O’Shea’s edition of the letterbook of Cork merchant William Hovell for the period 1683–1687. The seventeenth century was a highly significant period in the development of Cork as a port and as a city, as trade grew and the city expanded. […]

Virtual Record Treasury of Ireland Workshop

October 28, 2022

On 8th October, as part of this year’s Festival of History,  IMC held a workshop on how to explore the Books of Survey and Distribution (BSD) in the Cromwellian Gold Seam in the Virtual Record Treasury of Ireland. Members of the public were welcomed to this event at 45 Merrion Square where IMC members Professor […]

Festival of History 2022

September 14, 2022

The Festival of History, organised by Dublin City Library and Archive, takes place annually in September–October and the Irish Manuscripts Commission (IMC) has been taking part since 2020. You can see previous contributions to the Festival from IMC editors (2020) and members (2021) on our You Tube channel here. This year will be the first […]

Maritime trade in Cork during the Restoration

September 13, 2022

The Irish Manuscripts Commission is delighted to announce the imminent publication of James O’Shea’s edition of the letterbook of William Hovell for the period 1683 to 1687. Correspondence copied in letterbooks is an important primary source for socio-economic history and for the history of business administration. The merchant community of Cork in the 1680s was dominated by Protestants […]

Europeana: European Cultural Heritage Portal

August 24, 2022

“Europeana empowers the cultural heritage sector in its digital transformation. We develop expertise, tools and policies to embrace digital change and encourage partnerships that foster innovation.” Europeana shares and promotes European cultural heritage to be used and enjoyed by everyone for learning, for work or just for fun. Between 2010 and 2015, the Irish Manuscripts […]

Books of Survey and Distribution in the Virtual Record Treasury

June 29, 2022

The launch of the Virtual Record Treasury of Ireland on 27 June 2022 has captured the imagination of many. The rich variety of searchable records available through the Treasury is truly amazing but within the 150,000 database records are gold seams of data waiting to be discovered. Gold seams are full-scale reconstructions of entire series […]

Minister Catherine Martin, TD on sources for women’s history in the Virtual Record Treasury

June 27, 2022

In her speech at the launch of the Virtual Record Treasury of Ireland Catherine Martin, TD, Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media expressed her sincere appreciation of the work of the Beyond 2022 team in realising their vision for recreating a virtual archive filled with digital replacements for some of the archival records […]

Launch of the Virtual Record Treasury of Ireland

June 27, 2022

On Monday 27 June 2022 the Virtual Record Treasury of Ireland was launched by An Taoiseach Michaél Martin at an event in Dublin Castle. The launch of the Virtual Treasury is the culmination of five years of a state-funded research programme entitled Beyond 2022. The aim of the project was to re-create through virtual reality […]