This special event will take place in County Buildings, Wicklow Town on Tuesday 17th of May from 1pm to 8 pm and will offer you the opportunity to share treasured personal objects (such as letters, photographs, medals, etc.) and family stories. As part of the event, short interviews will be carried out with any participants who would like to share their stories and tell the background to their items.
All material will be digitally copied by experts, free of charge and while you wait, and will form part of the County Wicklow 1916 Exhibition as well as the Wicklow online community heritage archive www.countywicklowheritage.org. A selection of the items photographed will also appear on the Inspiring Ireland website www.inspiring-ireland.ie, part of Ireland 2016, the official programme to mark the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising.
This event is co-ordinated by Wicklow County Council as part of the County Wicklow 1916-2016 Commemoration Programme. Staff from the County Wicklow Archives & Genealogy Service, Heritage Office and Library Service, along with a professional conservator, will be on hand for advice on the day. Local historians and representatives from historical societies will also be present to explore the impact of events in 1916 on county Wicklow.
Performances of traditional music and re-enactments are planned throughout the day with “Freedom : a 1916 Story”, a short film commissioned by Wicklow County Council, being shown at intervals. While all items presented on the day will be recorded, pre-registration is recommended to ensure all participants are allocated enough time to tell their stories or show their items. If you are interested in participating in this public collections day please fill in the pre-registration form to book your time slot. Copies of the registration form are available in all branch libraries, County Buildings or on the www.wicklow.ie and www.wicklow1916.ie websites. For more information about this event please contact Catherine Wright or Deirdre Burns in County Buildings at Tel: 0404 20100 or Ciara O Brien in Bray Library at Tel: 01 2866566. E-mail queries and returned forms to: firstname.lastname@example.org