Archive of the Irish in Britain

London Metropolitan University, Libskind building

London Metropolitan University, Libskind building

Founded in 1984, the Archive of the Irish in Britain is a unique academic and community resource. Run by ILS member Dr Tony Murray of the Irish Studies Centre, the Archive is based at London Metropolitan University.

Holding up a mirror to the Irish in Britain.

The Archive consists of collections of documents, audio and video recordings, books, photographs and ephemera cataloguing the history of the Irish in Britain from the late nineteenth century to the present day.

By preserving, expanding and disseminating the Archive, the Irish Studies Centre aims to secure and safeguard the historical records of the Irish in Britain and to enhance understanding of the Irish community for British, Irish and other peoples alike. It seeks to encourage participation in the development of the Archive through volunteering, donation of materials, interviews, exhibitions, talks and collaborative projects.

Irish in Britain, Seminar series 2015:

22 Oct:  Brothers of the Quill: Oliver Goldsmith and Friends, London, 1757-64

Prof. Norma Clarke, Kingston University, London

 29 Oct:  Drama of Migration?: Nancy Harris and the Dublin and London Stage

Dr. Michelle Paull, St. Mary’s University, Twickenham

5 Nov:  Wild Irish Woman: The Life and Times of Charlotte Despard

Marian Broderick, independent scholar

12 Nov:  The Irishness of Francis Bacon

Bernard Canavan, independent scholar

19 Nov: Jerry O’Neill: publican, playwright, novelist & founder of The Sugawn Theatre, Balls Pond Road

Prof. Ken Worpole, London Metropolitan University


Irish Writers in London Summer School

James Joyce famously wrote, ‘The shortest way to Tara is by Holyhead’ meaning that in order for Irish people to understand themselves and Ireland, they historically had to leave their homeland.

First established in 1996, the Irish Writer in London Summer School provides an informal but informed setting for you to read and discuss contemporary literature. It is also your opportunity to explore the different reasons why Irish writers still come to London. How has the experience of migration influenced their work? How in turn has their writing helped express and mediate Irish culture and Irishness at home and abroad.


Dr Tony Murray, Director of the Irish Studies Centre

How to reach the Irish in Britain Archive:

By tube: Holloway Road (Piccadilly line)
By bus: 43, 153, 263, 271, 393

For further details contact: