Beyond 2022: A Century of Recovery and Beyond

During this week there will be a number of events run to mark the Beyond 2022 research project.

27th June 

Virtual Record Treasury of Ireland

An all-island and international legacy initiative from the Decade of Centenaries

The Virtual Record Treasury of Ireland is the outcome of a five-year State-funded programme of research entitled ‘Beyond 2022’.  Its mission has been to re-imagine and re-create through virtual reality the Public Record Office of Ireland (PROI) buildings and archival collections.

Led by researchers at the ADAPT Centre and Trinity College Dublin, the programme combines historical investigation, archival conservation, and technical innovation to re-imagine and re-create, through digital technologies, the archive lost on June 30th 1922, in the opening engagement of the Civil War.

As an all-island and international legacy initiative, the Virtual Record Treasury of Ireland draws strength from a unique research partnership which now links the National Archives (Ireland) – the successor of the PROI – with an expanding consortium of institutional research partners across Ireland and Britain, as well as Europe, North America and Australia.  

Nearly 70 other archives, libraries and learned societies have formally joined the enterprise to bring the destroyed Record Treasury back to life. 

Together we are building a lasting and meaningful legacy from the Decade of Centenaries, democratising across to invaluable records and illuminating seven centuries of Irish history.  

Tuesday 28th June. 12:00 – 14:00

Building the Virtual Record Treasury of Ireland: Scope, Scale and Transformations

Researchers in History at Trinity College Dublin and Computer Science from the SFI ADAPT Centre, with Core Partners, discuss the challenges and discoveries encountered in their work on Beyond 2022.

Thursday 30th June. 12:00 – 14:00

Reverberations: Memory, Art and Archives will take place between 12:00-14:00 

On the centenary of the destruction of the Public Records Office of Ireland in 1922, this panel discussion will explore the creative responses to cultural loss and disputed anniversaries.  

The event will feature the first screening of a new art-work by Mairéad McClean, Decade of Centenaries Artist in Residence with Beyond 2022, followed by a panel discussion.