Become a Letters 1916-1923 transcriber through Volunteer Ireland

About Letters 1916-1923

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.

What’s Involved

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:

Intermediate English

Times and commitment required for this role

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Minimum time commitment: Flexible

Other Details

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

Age restrictions:

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.

Click HERE to register your interest in this opportunity.