Peter Crooks

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 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Minister for Heritage  Josepha Madigan and Zoe Reid of the National Archives  attend a launch  for the Beyond 2022: Ireland’s Virtual Record Treasury research project. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

When the Taoiseach reached for a heavily charred document dating back to Henry VIII’s time, the archivist charged with explaining the document’s impor(...)

Two days into the Civil War, an explosion destroyed the Public Records Office attached to the Four Courts in Dublin.

An attempt to recreate Ireland’s archives destroyed in a fire in June 1922 has been successful to a “greater extent than ever previously imagined,” t(...)

The Four Courts in Dublin burning during a Civil War battle on June 30th, 1922. The Public Records Office, and with it a huge swathe of Irish cultural memory, was destroyed. File photograph: National Library of Ireland

On the afternoon of June 30th, 1922, a massive explosion destroyed the Public Records Office attached to Dublin’s Four Courts and with it hundreds of (...)

‘The Magna Carta 800 anniversary falls after a decade and a half during which Western governments have introduced legislation to restrict civil liberties, so threatening the fundamental principles that Magna Carta is supposed to have enshrined.’ Above, a rare copy of  Magna Carta which had gone unnoticed for generations but has now been unearthed by researchers.  Photograph:  St John’s College/University of Cambridge/PA

Eight hundred years ago this week, in a meadow by the river Thames near Windsor Castle, one of the most famous documents in world history was born: Ma(...)