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Extras - Launch of 'A Digital Journey Through Irish Theatre History' by President Michael D. Higgins

AbbeyTheatre on October 23, 2012 14:58

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    President Michael D. Higgins launches 'A Digital Journey Through Irish Theatre History'; a partnership between the Abbey Theatre and the National University of Ireland, Galway.

    This digitisation project will unlock a new era of theatre scholarship and will shed new light on the history of Irish theatre and Irish life.

    The Abbey archive, which contains over 1.8 million items, is one of the world’s most significant archival collections. It has a wealth of extraordinary and unique material providing a fascinating insight into Irish theatre, history, culture and society. The archival material ranges from show posters, programmes, photographs, minute books to lighting plans, set and costume designs, sound cues, prompt scripts and audio files.

    This digitisation project began in September and will take place over a three to four -year period. The digitisation process, which is currently taking place on the NUI Galway campus, will bring together multidisciplinary teams of the University’s researchers, students and archivists to realise this exciting project.

    To view a video on the project visit

    To learn more about the project visit the Abbey Theatre's website


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      AbbeyTheatre on November 01, 2012 11:57

      @o frank: Thanks for your kind words Frank, we're very much in agreement!

    • o frank
      o frank on October 25, 2012 01:22

      A really wonderful speech by a remarkable man.

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