Ireland’s first crowd-sourced humanities project Letters 1916-1923 has been creating a large scale digital collection of early-twentieth-century letters since its first launch in 2013. The Letters 1916-1923 online archive is continuously updated and expanded by the public for the public. People can get involved by uploading any letters written between 1 Nov 1915 and 31 Dec 1923, or by transcribing letters which have already been contributed to the archive.
We are looking for volunteers to be a part of the research process by helping to transcribe and review letters written between 1916 and 1923 – a key period in Irish history. Transcribers pick topics they are interested in (the Easter Rising, the Great War, love letters, politics, etc.). This work is carried out online, so the volunteer(s) can work from home and to their own schedule.
What’s required for this position
Knowledge of computers and an ability to read handwritten letters are essential.
- Computer/ Web/ ICT
Level of English required for this role:
Times and commitment required for this role
Minimum time commitment: Flexible
Location of volunteering opportunity:
Online / Virtual
Available in these counties:
Carlow, Cavan, Clare, Cork, Donegal, Dublin – City, Dublin – Dun Laoghaire/ Rathdown, Dublin – Fingal, Dublin – South Dublin County, Galway, Kerry, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Leitrim, Limerick, Longford, Louth, Mayo, Meath, Monaghan, Offaly, Roscommon, Sligo, Tipperary, Waterford, Westmeath, Wexford, Wicklow
Screening details for this role:
- No screening
Volunteers will be provided with the following supports:
- email support and (if necessary) supervision via phone
- opportunities to connect with Letters 1916-1923 team members and other volunteers on social media and at local events
- user profile keeping track of transcription progress and number of uploaded letters
No age restrictions
Is this opportunity suitable for groups/teams of volunteers?
Benefits you will receive as a volunteer
Volunteer(s) will be a part of an online community of transcribers who assist the Letters 1916-1923 project in creating a collection of letters in the period spanning the Easter Rising, the First World War, the Irish War of Independence, and the Irish Civil War. The collection consists in letters from public institutions as well as private sources.