Recovered from the Flames:
PRONI and the Creation of Ireland’s Virtual Record Treasury

On Thursday 24 September, a digital event was hosted by the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI), in conjunction with Beyond 2022.


As one of the successor institutions to the archive that was destroyed in 1922, from its inception PRONI has sought to find ways to replace the collections that were lost to the flames. As a result, PRONI is now home to a rich array of private and official collections, containing material stretching back over seven centuries. PRONI is now engaged in a shared programme of archival discovery with Beyond 2022, making links between archives and collections to replenish the shelves of Ireland’s virtual record treasury.

Recovered from the Flames

The event on the 24th September included a virtual research showcase and panel discussion.

Learn more about the role that PRONI is playing in the reconstruction of Ireland’s Record Treasury. Access talks from scholars on key PRONI collections, explaining how they are being linked to collections from around the world, in order to replace the destroyed archive.

  • Jayne Hutchinson, Records Management and Public Services,  PRONI discusses the Castlereagh Papers
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  • Dr Tim Murtagh, Research Fellow Beyond 2022, explores the Maxwell Given Papers
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  • Dr David Brown, Head of Archival Discovery, Beyond 2022 tells the dark story of confiscation that lies within the beautiful Down Survey Maps.
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Dr Ciaran Wallace and Anton Gerdelan provide a sneak peek off the work currently being undertaken in building the digital repository, demonstrating the new virtual reading room, allowing users to digitally visit the reading room, learn about the PROI’s history, search, select and view certain documents.

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Finally listen into the History Ireland Hedge School at 7pm as a panel of historians and archivists Ray Gillespie, Catriona Crowe, Marie Coleman and Dr Neil Johnston respond to Winston’s Churchill’s quote, on the destruction of the Public Record Office of Ireland in 1922, that “a State without archives is better than archives without a State“.
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