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.
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.
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).
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.
This meeting was held on Zoom on Wednesday, 19th May at 7:00 p.m.
The speaker was Sharon Oddie Brown, Sharon is a regular visitor to Armagh from Canada in her research into the Jackson family and has spoken to the Armagh History Group on a number of occasions in the past. Her website The Silver Bowl contains a wealth of information covering a wide range of families that connect to the Jackson family.
“This sometimes-irreverent tour of The Letters and Papers of Eliza Jackson née Oliver (1815-1903) will begin by describing how I came to find more than seventy of her letters from several sources. The earliest letter is from 1860 and the last one was dictated by Eliza to a niece in 1902 when Eliza was 87 years old and totally blind. She covered a range of topics – including her faith, her family, her life on the farm, the price of turnips, her (fervent) politics and her frequent concerns over money. Eliza was a daughter of a farmer and a wife of a farmer, both in rural Armagh, but she was also, in her own way, a Renaissance woman, one who was ahead of her time. Her letters describe her life and attitudes, but they also shed light on the lives of other women in her class, time and place, women who have often been unseen in the dark corners of Irish history. Her letters also challenge us to reflect on some of the issues that we continue to face today” . If you would like to receive a link to the talk, please contact Catherine Gartland at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Now in the local shops and other outlets the latest copy of History Armagh is now on sale.
Inside the City of Armagh and around the surrounding countryside, articles from blow-ins and locals illustrate many aspects of the local history, heritage and culture. A full list of contents appears below.