Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Londonderry Papers workshop at PRONI

After attending the last user forum meeting at PRONI I blogged that the archive had made a major acquisition in the form of the Londonderry Papers, the papers of the Stewart family at Mount Stewart house. It is one of the largest ever such acquisitions made by PRONI and the major focus of cataloguing work now to unlock its potential (see

PRONI is now to hold a worrkshop to fully llustrate the collection's potential. Here's the blurb...

Mount Stewart and the Wider World: Exploring the Londonderry Family Papers
A Workshop at PRONI

Thursday 14th November 2013

The papers of the Stewart family, Marquesses of Londonderry, are a major resource for the study of local and international history. From their home at Mount Stewart members of the family have played major roles in the history of Ireland, the United Kingdom and Europe from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries. They were also major land owners in counties Antrim, Down and Donegal and in the North East of England.

The Londonderry Papers held in PRONI have now been brought into public ownership and this workshop is intended to highlight the potential of the collection for family and local historians, academics, authors and film makers.

The speakers will be: Ian Montgomery on the Londonderry Papers in PRONI, Liz Bregazzi on the Londonderry Papers in Durham Record Office, Frances Bailey on Mount Stewart and the National Trust, Anne Casement on Researching the Family and Brian Henry Martin on Using the Archive for Television.

WHEN: Thursday 14th November 2013 1.30pm-4.30pm
HOW MUCH? Admission is free, booking is essential. Please contact PRONI to secure your place at

(With thanks to Gavin McMahon)


My wife Claire is planning to swim from the Scottish island of Cumbrae to the town of Largs on September 14th to raise money for local charity Gillian's Saltire Appeal, providing respite for families affected by cancer (Claire's mum and sister in Ireland have previously come through cancer, whilst my mum, based in England, currently has bladder cancer). Her Just Giving sponsorship page, with further details, is at If you can help to sponsor her, even by a wee amount, we'd be very grateful - many thanks!

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