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LibrariesNI – Heritage from Home talks 3

Wednesday 14 September 2022 – March 2023

Following the success of the last two Heritage from Home series of online talks, Libraries NI is organising a third series this autumn and winter. Heritage from Home 3 will run from mid-September to mid-March.

The general theme this time will be migration and we will be exploring the movement of people, contemporary and historical in, out of and across Ireland. The following themes will be explored by speakers with different backgrounds and interests: Culture, the Environment, Family History, Literature, and historical events.

All events will be delivered via Zoom and can be followed on PC, laptop, iPad and on most smartphones.

More information can be found on the LibrariesNi Website

September Meeting

Our meetings resume again after our summer break and our next meeting will take place on Wednesday 14th September at 7:00 pm.

The venue will be the library at Armagh Observatory and our speaker this month will be historian and former director of the Centre for Women’s Studies at Queen’s University Dr Myrtle Hill, who has already spoken to the group on a number of occasions.

This time she will be discussing Finding women in Irish history: some examples of research and realities.

June Meeting

Our June meeting will be taking place on Wednesday, 8th June at 7:00pm in the library at Armagh Observatory.

Our speaker this month is author and historian Dr Liam Campbell, who is the current director of the Centre for Migration Studies in Omagh.

Dr Liam Campbell

His topic will be: Nature, landscape and culture in Ireland: “The last wolf to the first eagle in100 years”.

Dr Campbell is the author of Room for the River: The Foyle River Catchment Landscape: Connecting People, Place and Nature (2021), a historical record of how the Foyle catchment has shaped the culture and heritage of the north west region of Ireland and co-authored the forthcoming Lough Neagh: An Atlas of the Natural, Built and Cultural Heritage (Ulster Historical Foundation, July 2022).

You can find out more about him at https://mellonmigrationcentre.com/about-us/profiles/

May Meeting

Our May meeting will take place next week on Wednesday, 11 th May at 7:00 pm.

The venue will be the library at Armagh Observatory and our speaker this month will be historian and former director of the Centre for Women’s Studies at Queen’s University Dr Myrtle Hill.

Myrtle has already spoken to the group on a number of occasions. The title of her current talk is ” Finding women in Irish history: some examples of research and realities.”

Our February meeting is now on our YouTube Channel

The meeting held on Wednesday, 9th February at 7:00 p.m. on Zoom is now available on our YouTube channel

The speaker was Dr Andrew Newby, who delivered his talk from Finland. 

Dr Newby is Senior Lecturer in Transnational and Comparative History at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. His research covers a wide range of topics relating to Europe in the “Long Nineteenth Century”, particularly in relation to land reform, famine and aspects of nationalism and national / regional identity. 

This time, he will be discussing the Irish and Finnish famines.

Follow the link to view the video: https://youtu.be/E5n6g9BC65o

April Meeting is now available on our YouTube channel

The meeting took place on Wednesday, 13th April at 7:00pm on Zoom and was recorded.

You can view the recording by following the link below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SwoHBlpHHL8

The speaker was the Irish author and historian Dr Barbara Walsh, who discussed the role Irish servicewomen in World War One.

Her talk was based on her recently published Irish servicewomen in the Great War: from Western Front to Roaring Twenties (2020).

Previous publications include: Roman Catholic Nuns in England and Wales 1800-1937 (2002); Forgotten Aviator: Hubert Latham a High Flying Gentleman (2007); and When the Shopping Was Good: Woolworth and the Irish Main Street (2010).

You can find out more at: http://hubertlatham.com/barbara-walsh/

March Meeting

This month’s meeting will take place in Armagh County Museum at 7pm. It will start with our Annual General Meeting.

The AGM will be followed by a talk at 7:30pm. Our speaker this month is Fiona Byrne, Curator of History at the Ulster Folk Museum (National Museums NI). Fiona has been working in museums for over 15 years, focusing mainly on the Decade of Centenaries collections, especially World War One and 1916 material. More recently, she has been working on the Irish Folk Life collections and this continues to be her main focus and area of research. She has taken a particular interest in straw work collections, such as St. Brigid’s crosses. She will be discussing St. Brigid, objects and customs associated with her and why she still has such a strong following today.

February Meeting

Our next meeting will be held on Wednesday, 9th February at 7:00 p.m.

It will be online via Zoom as our speaker this month is Dr Andrew Newby, who will be delivering his talk from Finland. 

Dr Newby is Senior Lecturer in Transnational and Comparative History at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. His research covers a wide range of topics relating to Europe in the “Long Nineteenth Century”, particularly in relation to land reform, famine and aspects of nationalism and national / regional identity. 

You will remember Andrew from last April, when he delivered a talk on Joseph Fisher, Finland and the Ulster question. This time, he will be discussing the Irish and Finnish famines:

“This Terrible Visitation”: Contrasting the Great Hunger Years of Ireland and Finland.

January Meeting

For this month ‘s meeting we are returning to Zoom because of the current Covid situation. Our speaker this month will be one of our own members, Sean Barden will be talking about some of the street names that have disappeared over the years. The talk is entitled “The Search for Saltbox Court, Armagh’s small streets.”

The talk will be a week later than normal and will be held on Wednesday. 19th January at 7:00 p.m.

If you wish to take part in the meeting on Zoom please contact Catherine Gartland: e-mail secretary@history-armagh.org

Our 2021 History Armagh Magazine is now available

History Armagh 2021

Now available for sale in our usual outlets in Armagh at the usual price of £3.50. Members can collect their copy from Armagh County Museum. The contents of the magazine are listed below as usual many of the articles relate to the City but a number take a look back at what was happening around 100 years ago in the border areas as well as in the City.