Friday, 20 March 2015

Forthcoming events at PRONI

From the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (

PRONI is pleased to announce...

WORKSHOP: “Stand Up and Be Counted!”Does ‘having the right to vote’ and ‘democracy’ mean the same thing?
When: Tuesday 24th March 2015 – 9.30am to 1.30pm
Where: PRONI

Cafe-conversation style workshop exploring suffrage in relation to gender, citizenship and democracy - past, present and future.

Jointly organised by PRONI, Community Relations Council and the Ethical and Shared Remembering project, this event is aimed at community group members and facilitators.
Using evidence from historic documents at PRONI, this workshop will consider how far we have come in terms of democracy? What does suffrage mean and what factors influence who has the right to vote and how we use our vote? How can exploring the successes and challenges of the past further the conversation on where we are going in the future, and how can we creatively engage society in this debate?

A tour of PRONI and an introductory workshop on ‘using the records’ will be available after the workshop.

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EVENING LECTURE: 'The rise and fall of the Irish Manor Courts 1785 - 1859’ by John Larkin QC
When: Thursday 16th April 2015 at 7pm
Where: PRONI

PRONI is delighted to welcome the Attorney General, John Larkin QC, who will be delivering a presentation entitled ‘The rise and fall of the Irish Manor Courts 1785-1859’.

Belfast-born John F Larkin was called to the Bar of Northern Ireland in 1986 and later appointed Reid Professor of Criminal Law, Criminology and Penal Law at Trinity College, Dublin. Returning to Northern Ireland in the 1990s, he specialised in administrative law, civil liberties and human rights, competition and constitutional law, defamation and judicial review. He took silk in 2001 and for ten years his practice was mainly in Constitutional and Administrative Law and Human Rights.

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Ireland and Gallipoli Conference - A joint conference by PRONI and Antrim and Down Western Front Association branch.
When: 30th April 2015 10am to 4pm
Where: PRONI

PRONI is pleased to invite you to a joint conference on Ireland and Gallipoli with Antrim and Down Western Front Association branch. Supported by Living Legacies 1914-18 engagement centre.
The Gallipoli Campaign, known to the Turkish as the battle of Canakkale, still remains controversial. France, Britain and its dominions fought to eliminate Turkey from the Great War by landing on the northern bank of the Dardanelles, marching on the Ottoman capital Constantinople to open the Dardanelles sea channel to Russia. A brilliant strategic plan was marred by tactical failure and poor execution. The initial naval attack was repelled and subsequent land campaign also failed at a cost of 250,000 allied casualties which led to the invasion force being evacuated in January 1916 after 8 months of fighting. This conference seeks to examine this campaign 100 years on with special focus on the experience and role of Ireland and Irish people.
Speakers will include: Dr Timothy Bowman (University of Kent); Dr Myles Dungan
(Historian and broadcaster); Professor Keith Jeffery (Queen’s University Belfast); John
Lee (author and historian); and Tom Thorpe (Kings College London)

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Ulster Scots Connections - People, Place and Practice
PRONI is working in partnership with the Ministerial Advisory Group on Ulster Scots, the Ulster Scots Agency and the Ulster-Scots Community Network, to host a six week talks series commencing 20 May 2015. Lectures will alternate between PRONI and Corn Exchange at 1pm. Speakers will include: Cormac McSparron, Andrew Gault, Laura Spence, Frank Ferguson & Kathryn White.

(With thanks to the PRONI Express)


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