Progress update: March 2017

In March 2017 you transcribed 203726 characters in total. In March 2017, we welcomed 16 new users, bringing the total number of registered users to 1842. Currently 3589 letters have been uploaded to the system, of which 3261 are available to view and transcribe online. You can explore the completed and fully transcribed letters in more detail here. THANK YOU All for … Read more

Letters written by Patrick or Patricia in the Letters of 1916 collection

As it’s St Patrick’s Day, we went looking through the Letters of 1916 collection in search of letters written by people named Patrick or Patricia. We found only one Patricia in the whole collection: Patricia Lynch (1894-1972) was an Irish nationalist and supporter of the suffragette movement. While living in London she befriended Sylvia Pankhurst who reportedly sent … Read more

Happy St. Patrick’s Day 2017

What were people saying when they put pen to paper to write letters on St Patrick’s day in 1916? A quick glance at the letters informs us that Alexander McDowell from the Ministry of Munitions wrote to E. A. Aston, inspector for the Local Government Board (LGB) in Dublin regarding female workers in the local linen industry. From … Read more

International Women’s Day 2017

8th March is International Women’s Day and people around the world are uniting to help forge a better working world – a more gender inclusive world. To mark the day, we would like to highlight some of the women from the Letters of 1916 collection. Click on a slide to view the letter:   Alternatively, click on … Read more

DiXit Autumn School

In Autumn 2016 Letters of 1916 partnered with the National Library of Ireland, An Foras Feasa, DiXit, and Maynooth Post Primary to host a three-day workshop, with to introduce transition year students to new forms of digital scholarship, scholarly editing, and to explore the 1916 Easter Rising from a novel perspective.    On the first … Read more

Happy 3rd Birthday to the Letters of 1916 project

The Letters of 1916 project was launched on 27 September 2013 at the Discover Research Dublin event and we’ve marked the project’s birthday ever since with an infographic to demonstrate how much the project has grown since 2013. (look back at 2014 & 2015) 2016 was a big year for the project given that it is … Read more

Featured Transcriber: Sandra Butler

Sandra Butler is a former student of psychology at Maynooth University and is planning on returning to complete a Masters next year. Sandra is from Kildare and is a single mother of two wonderful daughters. She found out about the project on the volunteer.ie website and thought that it was definitely something that was right up her alley as she can … Read more

Featured Profile: Nicole Lottig

Nicole Lottig is a recent graduate of the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, majoring in Anthropology and minoring in Gender Studies. She also studied at Maynooth University during the Spring of 2015, obtaining a Certificate in Irish Studies. During her last semester of college, she got involved in Digital Humanities and fell in love! She has continuously been working on a … Read more

Featured Profile: Letters 1916 interns: Mattie & Emily

In Summer 2016, the Letters of 1916 and An Foras Feasa project hosted two interns from Beloit College in Wisconsin, USA. Mattie Ganson, a native of the Chicago suburbs, is a Creative Writing major and Spanish minor. She is a brunch enthusiast who loves zine-making, flowers, arts and crafts, and having fun outdoors. Emily Blackburn is a … Read more

Speaking in Absence conference | Oxford, 21 June 2016

I recently had the opportunity to represent the Letters of 1916 project at Wolfson College, Oxford as a part of the Speaking in Absence conference organized by members of the Digital Epistolary Network: Helen Brown, Michaela Crawley and Olivia Thompson.   The day featured a number of talks, posters, and presentations concerning textual scholarship in … Read more