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Call to explore your local history

22 September, 2011 - by Carál Ní Chuilín

The Public Record Office, in conjunction with the Open University Ireland (OUI) is encouraging people to explore their local history.

  They will be delivering a free monthly lecture series from September this year to April next year hosted at the Public Records Officer brand new state-of-the-art Headquarters in Belfast’s Titanic Quarter.

Commencing on 29 September 2011,the series will be delivered by Dr Janice Holmes, Dr Olwen Purdue and Dr Barry Sheen from the Open University Irelandand will examine the major themes of local history and the sources available to local historians. Staff will present examples of these sources from the archives.

DCAL Minister Carál Ní Chuilín said: "This series of lectures between PRONI and the Open University are for members of the community who have not had the opportunity to benefit from Third Level Education so they will not make assumptions about attendees academic knowledge on history or politics.

“PRONI will be bringing history alive through their historical archives, whilst the Open University will be providing the historical context. Local history is very much part and parcel of who we all are, and I encourage anyone with an interest to come along and participate. The lectures are free and cover topics as varied as urban history, religion, crime, poverty and families.”

The lectures, which arefree of charge (but booking is essential), will startat 6.30pm in the Lecture Theatre of the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland. They will take place on the last Thursday of each month, apart from December, and will run until April 2012. The series is as follows:

29 September: What is Irish Local History?
27 October: Poverty.
24 November: Industrialisation.
26 January: Crime.
23 February: Religion.
29 March: Urban History.
26 April: Families.

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