Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Forthcoming PRONI events

Two forthcoming events from PRONI in Belfast (www.proni.gov.uk):

Lunchtime Talk- The River Bann: A view from the Archives
Tomorrow (Wednesday 30th April), 1pm to 2pm

The River Bann was once a scourge of disease, prone to flooding and scarcely navigable. Lorraine Bourke, Head of PRONI Private Records, will take us on a tour of PRONI sources that document the piece of Victorian ingenuity that transformed this uncontrollable torrent into a streamlined commercial route essential to industry. Lorraine, a former archaeologist, will also touch upon the significant archaeological discoveries unearthed during the nineteenth century drainage work.

Further information can be found at http://www.proni.gov.uk/index/exhibitions_talks_and_events/talks_and_events/exploring_your_archives_in_depth_further_insights.htm

Admission is FREE. Please contact us to reserve your place: E: proni@dcalni.gov.uk Tel: 028 90 534800

Symposium at PRONI- After the Gathering: Dissonant Voices in Irish Diaspora Studies
6 June 2014, 9am to 6pm

The 2013 Gathering led to the organisation of 5,000 community events across Ireland, expressly aimed at celebrating Irish connections across the Globe.

This special symposium at PRONI will address the consequences of this mass initiative and its possible legacy. This will provide a context in which to discuss wider Irish literary, musical and socio-political influences in Britain and America; direct by-products of past emigration. With no less than sixteen renowned experts scheduled for this symposium, this promises to be an event not to be missed.

Once the symposium concludes at PRONI, we will reconvene for evening storytelling and themed musical entertainment at the Oh Yeah! Music Centre.

Attendance to the day event is £5 (£2 unwaged/students), which includes the cost of tea/coffee and lunch. Entrance to the evening event is FREE.

Booking is ESSENTIAL but please note PRONI is NOT taking bookings for this: To reserve your place please email the following: afterthegathering@gmail.com

For further details and the symposium programme, please visit http://www.proni.gov.uk/index/exhibitions_talks_and_events/talks_and_events/symposium_at_proni.htm

(With thanks to Garth Stewart at PRONI)


Now available for UK research is the new second edition of the best selling Tracing Your Family History on the Internet: A Guide for Family Historians. And for those wishing to take Scottish ancestral research a bit further, my next Pharos course, Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the Old Parish Records, commences May 14th 2014.

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