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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 http://youtu.be/79Z9VNBsWs0
To learn more about the project visit the Abbey Theatre's website http://www.abbeytheatre.ie/a-digital-journey-through-irish-theatre-history/