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Public Humanities Workshop

The Trinity Long Room Hub, the Arts and Humanities Institute in Trinity College Dublin held  a ‘Public Humanities workshop’ which took place on the 23rd and 24th of May 2017 in the Trinity Long Room Hub Arts & Humanities Research Institute.

Download the event programme

This practical workshop was organised in response to a growing demand from members of the public and representatives from local community groups for information and assistance on how best to explore and document their cultural heritage using approaches from both public history and digital humanities.

The aim of this event was to help empower representatives from locally based organisations to explore and share their local history and culture by raising their awareness of both digital tools and public history methods. The workshop included the following elements:

  • a basic introduction to some of the theoretical and conceptual issues underpinning both the fields of digital humanities and public history
  • the presentation of case studies from representatives of existing public history and digital humanities projects in Ireland, Poland and Belgium
  • a number of hands on  training sessions to help empower participants in the areas of digital humanities and public history.

The workshop was organised by the Trinity Long Room Hub, the Ghent Centre of Digital Humanities at the University of Ghent, Belgium, the Institute of Literary Research at the Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland and the Glasnevin Trust based in Dublin.

Event Sponsors

This event was funded by DARIAH (the Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities) as part of its 2016 Public Humanities Call. The event was also being supported by ADAPT, Science Foundation Ireland's world-leading research centre in Digital Content Technology

Recordings of a number of speakers from the event can be viewed here

Sessions & Case Studies
Session 1 ‘Sharing Authority’  

Dr. Georgina Laragy and Dr. Ciaran O’Neill,
School of Histories and Humanities, Trinity College Dublin

Case Study 1 ‘Sharing Authority’

Ms Klaudia Grabowska, Creative Commons Poland  and founding member of the Open Monuments project

Session 2 ‘What to think about when digitising’

Mr. Tim Keefe, Head of Digital Resources and Imaging Services department (DRIS), Trinity College Dublin

Case Study 2 The 1641 Depositions project

Professor Jane Ohlmeyer, Director of the Trinity Long Room Hub and project lead for the 1641 Depositions digitisation project

Session 3 ‘How to make your cultural heritage content available on-line?’-co-sponsored by ADAPT Mr. Marcin Werla, Head of Digital Libraries and Knowledge Platforms Department, Poznań Supercomputing and Networking Center 
Session 4 ‘Practical Considerations when embarking on Public History projects’

Ms Gemma Reid, Quarto Collective

Let’s hear it from the projects

New Panorama of Polish Literature

Mr. Bartłomiej Szleszynski, the Institute of Literary research of the Polish Academy of Sciences

Preserving & publicising our treasurers digitally:  A Digital Repository for Dublin City Libraries and Archives

Ms Ellen Murphy, Dublin City Library and Archives

St. Andrews Records Project

Ms Corin Deinhart and Dr. Tim Murtagh, Trinity College Dublin

Belgian Refugees 14-18

Ms Martine Vermandere, Amsab-Institute of Social History, Belgium

Friends of the Derry Walls Derry City Walls Project, Mr. Mark Lusby, Coordinator

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