Wednesday 17 October 2012

Forthcoming PRONI events

A fair few things happening in PRONI ( in Belfast over the next couple of months!

Dickens: Irish Friends and Family Ties Exhibition

The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland invites you to join us in celebrating the 200th birthday of one of the greatest novelists in the English language, Charles Dickens

Between 22nd October-9th November PRONI will be displaying an exhibition entitled 'Dickens- Irish Friends and Family Ties', featuring never-before-seen archives from PRONI’s extensive collection as well as material from the Charles Dickens Museum and elsewhere.

Dickens: Irish Friends and Family Ties explores the unique and lasting friendship between the great author and three prominent Ulstermen: politician James Emerson Tennent, newspaper editor Francis Dalzell Finlay and the diplomat Lord Dufferin, and demonstrates how these relationships extended to some of Dickens’ children. The exhibition also touches upon the weird and the wonderful of Dickensian society, from execution and bodysnatching to tokens of love and friendship, allowing the visitor to consider how they may have influenced Dickens’ writing.

The exhibition is being held as part of the 50th year of the Belfast Festival at Queens and also with the Dickens 2012 NI Festival programme, a year long festival of events to celebrate the 200th birthday of the author.

WHEN: 22nd October -9th November 2012
WHERE: PRONI Building, Titanic Quarter

Exploring Urban History Lecture Series

Starting in October, the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland will begin hosting a lecture series entitled Exploring Urban History. The lecture series will run until March 2013 and has been developed by Open University Ireland and PRONI.

The series is comprised of 5 lectures to be given at 6:30pm during the Thursday late night openings at PRONI's new building in the Titanic Quarter. The first lecture will be held on Thursday 25th October.

25 October 2012
400 Years of Urban History
Janice Holmes

6 December 2012
Creating an Urban Environment: 1612-13
Brian Gurrin

31 January 2013
Law, Order and Violence
Barry Sheehan

28 February 2013
The Poor Law and Public Health
Olwyn Purdue

21 March 2013
Urban Landscape –
Round Table panel

WHEN: October 2012 - March 2013. Thursday late night openings 6:30pm
WHERE: PRONI Building , Titanic Quarter

PRONI@Queen’s Festival Lectures

PRONI is delighted to be taking in the Belfast Festival at Queen's, which celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year. As part of the festival PRONI will be hosting lectures entitled, 'The Paper Museum' and 'The Arts in the Archives'.

The Paper Museum
Dr Ian Sansom, Queens University Belfast
30th October 2012

The Arts in the Archives
Dr Ann McVeigh, Public Record Office of Northern Ireland
8th November 2012

WHEN: 1pm
WHERE: PRONI Building, Titanic Quarter

2012-2013 Linenhall Lectures

Between Autumn 2012 and Spring 2012 PRONI staff will be leading a series of lunchtime talks at the Linenhall Library. The dates are as follows,

‘The Covenant’
by Stephen Scarth
31st October 2012

'Through the archival lens: exploring the textual identity of Tyrone Guthrie'
by Bethany Sinclair
28th November 2012

'Flowers of the flock: child migration schemes to Australia'
by Ann McVeigh
30th January 2013

'400 Years of Urbanisation'
by TBC
27th February 2013

'Councils and Corporations: Local Government in Belfast'
by Ian Montgomery
27th March 2013

WHEN: 1pm - The last Wednesday of the month between October 2012 and March 2013
WHERE: Linenhall Library, Belfast

(With thanks to Gavin McMahon at PRONI)


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