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: firstname.lastname@example.org