Archive of the Irish in Britain

London Metropolitan University, Libskind building

Founded in 1984, the Archive of the Irish in Britain is a unique academic and community resource.

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 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. The Summer School is run by ILS member Dr Tony Murray.

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.


How to reach the Irish in Britain Archive:

By tube: Aldgate (Metropolitan/Circle), Aldgate East (District/Hammersmith & City).
Address: Calcutta House, Old Castle Street, London E1 7NT
By bus: 43, 153, 271 and 393 stop outside. Routes 29 and 253 cross Holloway Rd at Seven Sisters Rd.
Phone: 020 7133 4444