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Dublin Festival of History 2018

Dublin Festival of History logoDublin Festival of History returns for it's sixth year and takes place from the 24th September to 7th October. This year will see over 140 events across the city, with talks, walks, tours and exhibitions on a wide range of topics, including the historical impact of gaming, former slave and abolitionist Frederick Douglass’ time spent in Ireland, a queer history of Kilmainham Gaol, an evening of conversation and music with Christy Dignam, as well as numerous events marking 100 years of Irish women’s suffrage. All events are free.

The Festival will culminate with a ‘Big Weekend’ series of talks at City Hall and the Printworks, Dublin Castle, taking place from Friday 5th to Sunday 7th October featuring many best-selling historians. Michael Palin will bring to life the history of the ship HMS Erebus, Anne Applebaum will discuss Stalin’s war on the Ukraine in the 1930s, while Helen Rappaport will shed new light on the murder of the Russian Imperial Family after the Bolshevik Revolution, 100 years after their death.

No longer faceless or nameless – write the story of your First World War soldier

Assembly exhibitA long, long alphabetical list of 174,000 Allied soldiers who died on Belgian soil in the First World War; this is the new and emotive exhibit on display in Dublin City Library and Archive on Pearse Street until the end of March. The Assembly exhibit has been created by artist Val Carmen, for the In Flanders Fields Museum in Ypres. Consisting of a giant memorial book of the war dead and five old chairs from Passchaendaele Church, the exhibit is travelling around Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales to gather stories and mementoes of these dead soldiers.

Digital History Magazines

Digital history magazinesDid you know you can download digital history magazines for FREE with your library membership?  RG Digital (formerly Zinio) for Libraries offers hundreds of full-colour, interactive digital magazines. As Dublin Festival of History launches today, we thought we should highlight the FREE history magazines that are available on RG Digital.  Happy reading!

All you need to do is register for this service using your library membership card number and complete the registration form at https://www.rbdigital.com/lgma/service/magazines/landing (Select 'Create New Account').

Some of the perks:

  • Download current and back issues!
  • Sign up for weekly email reminders and never miss the latest issue of your favourite magazines
  • There is no limit and permanent checkout, meaning you can check out as many issues as you want and keep them in your account as long as you wish
  • Download and read magazines on 95% of mobile devices, including iOS (Apple), Android, and Kindle Fire/HD/HDX. (Don't forget to save your data and use Wi-Fi when you are downloading!

Ten History eBooks

ebooks on tabletDublin Festival of History begins tomorrow and to celebrate we have picked out a selection of history eBooks which you can download and read. Now, we absolutely love history books but sometimes it can be tricky to squeeze that fabulous hard back tome into your bag to read on the bus or on holidays.  So this is where the eBook and your library step in! We have hundreds of history books ready for you to download right now. All you need is a WiFi connection and your library membership!

If you haven't signed up already, visit library.bolindadigital.com/dublin and sign in using your library membership card number and PIN. You can borrow up to 5 eBooks and 5 eAudiobooks at a time to read on your phone, tablet or reader.

Maps of the Terenure and Crumlin Estates 1879

Shaw estate mapA collection of eight Ordnance Survey maps, donated to Dublin City Library and Archive, constitute a wonderful addition to local and family history for the Terenure Crumlin area in the late 19th century. The maps are folded and bound into one volume, bound in half leather with gilt lettering on the top cover: Maps of the Terenure & Crumlin Estates, Co. Dublin, the property of Sir Robert Shaw, Bart. 1879.

View Maps of Terenure & Crumlin Estates, 1879

The volume belonged to the estate of Sir Robert Shaw, Baronet, and the maps cover his property in the area: Crumlin, Roundtown (Terenure), Tonguefield, Rathfarnham, Rathgar, Roebuck, Kimmage, Wilkinstown (Walkinstown), Greenhills, Whitehall and Limekiln Farm.

Battle of the Somme: 100th Anniversary

Somme photograph1 July 2016 marks the centenary of the beginning of the Battle of the Somme which lasted until November 1916.  Over a million soldiers from both sides were killed during the carnage, which included over 3,500 Irish soldiers fighting for the Allies in World War 1.

Image:  Detail from DCLA/RDFA1.09.047A, photo of soldiers marching across war-torn area of the trenches & battlefield. Caption: "War 1914-15-16... in the Somme French Offensive Relieving the trenches at Dompierre" (see larger image).

The Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association Archive held at Dublin City Library and Archive, includes the personal papers of various Irish soldiers who experienced the Battle of the Somme and all of its horrors. An exhibition based on these resources will be launched in our Dublin Room exhibition space in October 2016.  Here's a sample of some of the remarkable stories that can be researched at Dublin City Library and Archive:

Remembering the First World War

The first shots of what became known as the First World War were fired on 28th July 1914. Over the next four years of war over 200,000 Irish men served in the British Army. Dublin City Public Libraries & Archive will be marking the Great War and Dubliners’ role in it, drawing on our extensive collections with a series of events and exhibitions, reading lists and digitisation projects.

Dublin City Electoral Lists (1908-12, 1915) Available Online

Electoral Rolls, before and after restorationWe're delighted to announce that we've digitised another three years of the Dublin City Electoral Lists and, in addition to the entries for the years 1908, 1909 and 1910, the 139,552 entries for the three years of 1911, 1912 and 1915 are now fully searchable on databases.dublincity.ie - a great resource for family history, local history and social history, now containing 280,717 records.

Access the Dublin City Electoral Lists (1908 to 1912, 1915) on databases.dublincity.ie.

Photo: Hard copy restoration, before and after view. See slideshow below for more images.

Remembering Irish Men and Women who served in the First World War

Royal Dublin Fusilers BadgeThe Imperial War Museum has just launched a new project to create a permanent digital memorial to every man and woman who served in the First World War.   This ambitious undertaking asks members of the public to share the life story of any relative they have uncovered who served in World War 1.

Dublin City Electoral Lists (1908-10) Available Online

Electoral Rolls, before and after restorationWe're delighted to announce that we've digitised another two years of the Dublin City Electoral Lists and the entries for the three years of 1908, 1909 and 1910 are now fully searchable on databases.dublincity.ie.

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