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Seeking old family letters and photographs to create a new digital archive detailing ordinary life in Ireland 1916.

Ireland’s first crowd-sourced humanities project, The Letters of 1916: Creating History, aims to create a large scale digital collection of letters written for the six months before and after the Easter Rising. 

Researchers at Trinity College, Dublin are calling on members of the public to upload old family letters and photographs to a new digital archive as part of an ambitious public humanities project to recreate ordinary life in Ireland around the time of the Easter Rising of 1916.

The project will lead to the creation of an online archive of letters created by the public for the public, which will be launched in 2016.

Members of the public are being invited to include their family history in this important archive by uploading pictures of letters and related photographs hidden away in boxes, cupboards and attics to the database on the website <>http://dh.tcd.ie/letters1916 >. All letters written between 1 November 1915 and 31 October 1916 no matter what the theme ­ romance, local politics, literature, gossip, the Rising and the Great War — can be contributed to this digital collection.

For all the details see www.tcd.ie/Communications/news/pressreleases/pressRelease.php