Visit to Northern Ireland, October 2013

The Catholic Archives Society UK & Ireland visited Northern Ireland on their biennial trip (14-20 October 2013). Fifteen archivists, both lay and religious, travelled to Larne, County Antrim, where we resided at the tranquil Drumalis Retreat Centre for the week.

The variety of visits included: public record office, religious archives and libraries, university archives, historical societies, museums and local authority archives.

This diversity was exemplified in the different stages in the development of the services they provide and scales of archives that they deal with – for example the Servite Priory at Benburb are just beginning to formulate their archives while the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland has moved to a purpose built facility.

Places that were visited included: Public Record Office, Northern Ireland, Belfast; The Order of Mary Servite Trust, Servite Priory, Benburb, Tyrone; Cardinal Tomás Ó Fiaich Library & Archive, Armagh; Ulster Folk & Transport Museum, Cultra, Holywood, Down; Linen Hall Library, Belfast; Derry City Council Heritage & Museum Service, Derry; Derry & Raphoe Diocesan Library Project, University of Ulster, Derry; Queens University Belfast, Belfast; Presbyterian Historical Society of Ireland, Belfast and Titanic Belfast visitor attraction.

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