On Friday 13 October 2017 at 3.00pm, Deirdre McParland will speak at the Royal Irish Academy, Dawson Street, Dublin 2, about the ESB archives, whereof she is senior archivist. Admission is free but I am told that places should be booked here. I have not tested that link and I do not vouch for it.
I have, however, visited the ESB Archives site and suscribed to its RSS feed. They have one of those Titter things too: I gather it’s a communication method for the remedial classes, folk who can’t manage more than a paragraph of continuous prose.
Waterways Ireland Headquarters will be open for guided tours of the Archive and the building. Housing a collection of original engineering drawings, maps and toll books from the 1800’s the Archive offers a unique insight into Ireland’s industrial past. Visit http://www.waterwaysireland.org closer to the event for more detailed information. [Note: I can’t find anything on the WI website, but perhaps I’m looking in the wrong place.]
Opening times: Sat 9 September 2017 13:00 – 17:00; Sun 10 September 2017 13:00 – 17:00. Tours both days at 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00
A guided tour of some of the major early Christian sites on Lower Lough Erne. The tour will be delivered by Fiona Crudden. Sites to be visited include White Island and Devenish Island. Warm & waterproof clothing and walking boots essential. Lunch not included.
Opening times: Sun 10 September 2017 09:00 – 16:00. Free
h/t Antoin Daltún
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Tagged Erne, Waterways Ireland, heritage, archive
… as we were yesterday, the University of Southampton has made many collections available through archive.org here, which is an approach that works quite well. IIRC, they originally digitised much of the Enhanced Parliamentary Papers Ireland (EPPI) collection, which ended up at QUB, where the wheels seem to be falling off: it is not always reliable and it seems to be impossible to get a PDF of the right document. Some at least of those papers are now available at the archive.org site.
I had a page with photos of the construction of Ardnacrusha in 1930; I have expanded that page to include
- photos taken in the 1920s by Eyre Chatterton and kindly supplied by Tony and Blair Chatterton
- links to the ESB Archive’s reports made by Siemens during construction; h/t Carthach O’Maonaigh for drawing them to my attention.
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Tagged archive, Ardnacrusha, Chatterton, ESB, Parteen Villa, scheme, Shannon, Siemens