From Galway County Council Archives
Published December 2022
This collection of essays is dedicated to the George Chambers archive collection (GP9/), which dates from 1929 to 1938. The collection is primarily comprised of photograph albums with images taken mostly on the islands dotted along the west coast of Ireland. The photographs give an English gentleman tourist’s sympathetic perspective of the rugged landscape, and the people and their lives as witnessed by him during his summer vacations.
Each informative and insightful essay focuses on the different islands and districts visited by Chambers. The authors have skillfully brought the archival material to light and life. Images from Chambers’ albums feature throughout the publication to capture the essence of his travel experience and emphasise the importance of the totality of this wonderfully evocative archive collection. For more on the collection view the online catalogue. The albums are available to view on Our Digital Archive.
Funded by Creative Ireland through Galway County Council Cultural and Creativity Strategy, 2018-2022.
This year marks the centenary of the local elections of 1920 which were pivotal in the history of local government in Ireland.
To mark these events, and because of their significance for the struggle for independence, the Dept. of Housing, Local Government & Heritage recently commissioned a publication from the Local Government Archivists and Records Managers to commemorate the 1920 local elections. Edited by archivists Niamh Brennan (Donegal) and Grainne Doran (Wexford) with the title 'Democracy and Change: the 1920 Local Elections in Ireland' . This publication is available to download free of charge, in Irish and in English.
FOR THE RECORD, THE ARCHIVES OF GALWAY’S RURAL DISTRICT COUNCILS
COLLECTING AND PRESERVING FOLKLORE AND ORAL HISTORY: BASIC TECHNIQUES, GALWAY COUNTY COUNCIL, 2006
For anyone interested in the collection of folklore or oral history a user friendly bilingual publication from Galway County Council will be a useful support and resource. It should help collectors consider the various steps required, assist them to focus their minds on the need for preparation, and guide them through the recording process.
The publication is free and may be obtained, while stocks last, by contacting the Heritage Officer at Galway County Council, Áras an Chontae, Prospect Hill, Galway, 091 509198, or available to read at a local library in county Galway.
LOCAL AUTHORITY ARCHIVES IN IRELAND, LOCAL AUTHORITY ARCHIVISTS’ GROUP, 2003 IRELAND
This is an introductory guide to the records of local authorities. It is intended to help raise awareness of the existence and potential value of the records held in local authority archive services, and to educate and inform the public of the body of information and evidence that is available to them locally.
The guide may be obtained free of charge from your nearest local authority archive services, while stocks last, or available to read at a local library in county Galway.