Event – Archiving Personal Histories: The Tuam Mother and Baby Home

All are welcome to this seminar at NUI Galway:

Archiving Personal Histories: The Tuam Mother and Baby Home

Event co-organised by the James Hardiman Library and the Department of History NUI Galway

Thursday, 7 February 2019

The Cube, Áras Na Mac Léinn, NUI Galway


10.30: Tea/Coffee & pastries. Opening comments by Prof. Pat Dolan (Chair, UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre)

11.00-12.30: Survivor-led Workshop

Workshop led by Breeda Murphy (Tuam Home Survivors Network) and Mary Cunningham (Tuam Oral History Project) involving participants from the Network, invited students and staff. Limited places; to book, contact: Tuamoralhistoryproject@gmail.com for queries)

12.45-13.45 – Lunch

Seminar – All Welcome

14.15: Welcome address from the Dean of Arts, Professor Cathal O’Donoghue. Introduction by John Cox, James Hardiman Library.

Panel 1: 14.30-15.45

Panel Discussion: Advocacy and Historical Justice

Moderator: Catríona Crowe

* Catherine Corless

* Prof. Caroline McGregor

* Conall Ó Fátharta

* Dr Sarah-Anne Buckley

15.45-16.00: Tea/Coffee


Panel 2: 16.00-17.00

Oral History and Memory: Ethics and Approaches

Chair: Dr John Cunningham

* Dr Caitríona Clear

* Dr Barry Houlihan

15 minute papers followed by general discussion.


Evening Public Event: Human Biology Building (reception in the foyer, screening in the lecture theatre)

17.15-18.15: Launch of the ‘Tuam Oral History Project’ by President Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh.

Wine reception and finger food. Music by Padraig Stevens. Poetry by Elaine Feeney.


18.15-20.00: Screening of Mia Mullarkey documentary, ‘Mother and Baby’, followed by panel discussion.

Moderator: Dr Sarah-Anne Buckley

Panel: Mia Mullarkey, Peter Mulryan, Breeda Murphy and Eunan Duffy.



Dr Sarah-Anne Buckley, Department of History: sarahanne.buckley@nuigalway.ie

Dr Barry Houlihan, James Hardiman Library: barry.houlihan@nuigalway.ie

Dr John Cunningham, Department of History: john.cunningham@nuigalway.ie

2019 WHN Community History Prize

It’s that exciting time of year – the Women’s History Network Community History Prize 2018 is live and calling for entries!

This annual prize of £500 is awarded to the team behind a Community History Project by, about, or for women in a particular locale or community which has been completed between the 1 January 2018 and 31st May 2019. It has been sponsored by The History Press since 2015.

Last year’s prize was won by the wonderful entry from the Royal College of Nursing- please follow this link to see more about it:https://womenshistorynetwork.org/category/prizes/prizewinners/

For details of this year’s competition go to https://womenshistorynetwork.org/whn-community-history-prize-sponsored-by-the-history-press/

The Women’s History Network is a national association and charity for the promotion of women’s history and the encouragement of women and men interested in women’s history. Established in 1991, the network reaches out to welcome people from any background who share a passion for women’s history.

We encourage submissions from projects which include a strong element of community engagement or collaboration and which communicate a sense of heritage uncovered and learning shared by participants from outside the academic or professional heritage sector.

Projects can have creative or wellbeing outcomes, as well as research outputs, but the entrants’ activity must have led to the creation of something which is based on and communicates the findings of the group’s historical research, such as a production, artwork, website, documentary, pamphlet, heritage trail, book, exhibition, artefact or event.

A poster and an entry form are here.

Call for Papers: Oral History Network of Ireland’s Annual Conference “Oral History in a Digital World”. Limerick City, 28 & 29 June 2019


The Oral History Network of Ireland (OHNI) is pleased to announce its 2019 conference on the theme of “Oral History in a Digital World.” Collecting oral history in digital formats and putting recordings online is increasingly becoming standard practice for oral historians. As such, this conference offers a timely opportunity to consider the possibilities and challenges offered by technological advances and wider accessibility to collections through online platforms. This two-day conference will take place at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, on Friday, June 28, and Saturday, June 29, 2019.

Continuing OHNI’s tradition of inviting keynote speakers of international renown, we are delighted to welcome to this year’s conference Doug Boyd, Director of the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at University of Kentucky, past president of the Oral History Association, and manager of Oral History in the Digital Age. Doug is a key innovator in the archiving and dissemination of oral history and leads the team that developed the free, open-source OHMS system which synchronises text with audio and video online. He is the co-editor (with Mary A. Larson) of the book Oral History and Digital Humanities: Voice, Access, and Engagement, published by Palgrave MacMillan in 2014.

Conference contributions are welcome in a range of formats:

  • Standard conference papers (20 minutes)
  • 10-minute presentations for our “Moments” panels, focusing on outstanding or memorable individuals, experiences, and/or incidents that influenced or changed the way the presenter practices oral history
  • Posters and visual presentations

While we welcome proposals on any topic related to oral history, we are particularly interested in proposals that take an imaginative approach to the “Oral History in a Digital World” conference theme. Potential topics could include (but are not limited to):

  • Collecting, archiving, and disseminating digital oral histories
  • Technological possibilities and challenges
  • Methods and techniques
  • From tapes and CDs to digital formats
  • Increasing access and engagement with digital tools
  • Digital oral history in the classroom
  • Social media and oral history
  • Ethical and legal issues of online oral histories
  • Re-using online oral history collections
  • Innovative online projects

To propose a paper, please submit an abstract (of no more than 250 words) along with your name; the name of your group, organisation, or institution; and your email address to info@oralhistorynetworkireland.ie before 5 p.m. Friday, February 22, 2019. All proposals must demonstrate a clear engagement with oral history and/or personal testimony, and we actively encourage the use of audio clips. The conference committee’s decision on successful abstracts will be communicated to potential presenters in March.

Registration for the conference and further information will shortly be posted on the conference page of our website: https://www.oralhistorynetworkireland.ie/conferences/2019-conference/