The Great War Revisited – Major New Online Exhibition, Partnered with Google Cultural Institute

A slide from the new exhibition

Rare and previously unpublished material held in the Library of Trinity College Dublin relating to WW1 will be brought to a global audience thanks to an online collaboration between Trinity and Google.


Segment from Six One News, June 30th 2015. Copyright Raidió Teilifís Éireann 2015.
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The Great War Revisited exhibition was launched online on Tuesday, June 30th 2015 at the Google Cultural Institute. This exhibition features 60 exhibits of unique heritage material from Trinity’s rare books and manuscripts collections relating to the Great War, including recruiting posters, letters, diaries, photographs, videos, pamphlets and artworks.

These highlights from the Library’s rich and diverse collections of material relating to the First World War can now be easily accessed by anyone wherever they are in world, right from their computer, tablet or phone. The Great War Revisited is Trinity’s first collaboration with Google Cultural Institute, which partners with more than 800 institutions – museums, libraries, art galleries and archives – around the world. The platform hosts over 170,000 artworks and a total of 6 million photos, videos, manuscripts and other documents of art, culture and history, to make important cultural material available and accessible to everyone.

Highlights of the exhibition include:

  • Trinity’s celebrated collection of Irish WWI recruiting posters (one of the largest collection in existence)
  • Previously unpublished photographs of the Allied campaign in Iraq and Turkey
  • Letters and diaries from Irish soldiers serving in France, Iraq and Palestine (previously unpublished)
  • A multitude of political pamphlets, songs and ballads and artworks

Commenting on the launch of the online exhibition Helen Shenton, Librarian and College Archivist, said: “The Library of Trinity College Dublin is delighted to be partnering with Google Cultural Institute on the Great War Revisited online exhibition. Showcasing the richness of First World War material held in the Library, the online exhibition forms part of the Library’s commitment to opening up its historic collections for global online access.”

The exhibition is part of the Library’s contribution to the Trinity College Dublin Decade of Commemoration initiative which includes lectures and conferences and a rededication of the Hall of Honour later this year.

Friends of the Library Lecture on John Redmond 30/04/15

1914-1918The Friends of the Library – Trinity College Dublin are delighted to announce their next lecture. Admission is €5 (Members & Concessions €2.50). All welcome!

The Monica Henchy Memorial Lecture by Conor Mulvagh (UCD)
19:30, Thursday 30 April 2015
Thomas Davis Theatre, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin
on Defending enemies: John Redmond and the aftermath of the Rising

Conor Mulvagh is a lecturer in Irish History at UCD working on commemoration and the Irish revolutionary decade (1912-23) and is currently researching a history of UCD during the Irish Revolution. He has previously worked on the Royal Irish Academy’s Documents on Irish Foreign Policy project (2013), and undertook a bursary with the Oireachtas Library. His new book Sit, act, and vote: the Irish Parliamentary Party at Westminster, 1900-1918 will be published by Manchester UP later this year.

Clarke Stained Glass Studios Symposium

MS11182-219Trinity College Library Dublin and the Long Room Hub are very pleased to host the Clarke Studios Symposium on Friday 6th February 2015. The event, organised by the Library’s Digital Resources and Imaging Services (DRIS), has received funding from the Trinity Long Room Hub’s Research Incentive Scheme, with addition funding from The Irish Art Research Centre (TRIARC).

The event is sure to be an interesting insight into the research and historical context of the Clarke Studios and stained glass windows in Ireland; and also a fascinating look at digital libraries, their collections, and how they contribute to humanities research. You can find more details of the programme and speakers on the event’s blog.

The archive of the Clarke Stained Glass Studio held in the Manuscripts and Archive Research Library is being digitised by DRIS, as part of a Digital Repository of Ireland Demonstrator project. The Symposium will put the Clarke Studios collection in a context of wider digitization and digital libraries while also highlighting the fantastic archive held here in the Library.

Although registration for the Symposium is closed, you can keep up-to-date with the event on the blog and through Twitter: @DigitalColl #clarkestudios. Presentations given on the day will be uploaded afterwards.