WWI archive event at Trinity

College to host a series of lectures, tours and ‘pop-up’ talks

Trinity College to host “informative and thought-provoking day concerning Ireland’s part in World War One”.Photograph: Frank Miller

Trinity College to host “informative and thought-provoking day concerning Ireland’s part in World War One”.Photograph: Frank Miller

 
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Dublin, which is hosting the World War One Roadshow next Saturday.

The college hopes people will bring items including letters, photographs, mementoes such as uniforms, ephemera or equipment handed down, to be examined and photographed so copies may be kept in an online European archive.

From 9.30am to 5.30pm, the college will host a series of lectures, tours of the campus and what are described as “pop-up” talks – all related to the Great War and free of charge. Included in the activities will be a re-enactment of the “last cricket match of peace” and the day will conclude with the playing of The Last Post.

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“We want it to be an informative and thought-provoking day concerning Ireland’s part in World War One. We want people to come away from it with a greater understanding of Ireland’s role in what was one of the bloodiest conflicts of our time.”

As part of the collections day, people are encouraged to bring their items and memories to be catalogued, digitised and uploaded to an archive in time for the anniversary of the outbreak of the war in 1914.

Katherine McSharry, head of services with the National Library, says there is “huge interest” in the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the war. “The anniversary reminds us how important it is to ensure physical memorabilia of key historical events, brought to life with people’s stories and memories, are recorded for posterity . . .” Further information from: rte.ie/worldwar1 and also tcd.ie/decade-commemoration/events/world-war-one- roadshow/