Archivists Research Brings Stories of Individuals’ Involved in War to Life

By Lynn Glanville

Hidden Pages Speakers

Archivists have been exploring hidden paper trails to build up personal pictures of individuals involved in World War One. They presented their findings, which aim to make the events of the First World War more accessible to people 100 years later, to a large crowd which filled the Lady Chapel of St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin, yesterday evening (Tuesday February

Entitled ‘Hidden Pages from World War One’, the seminar was a joint venture between St Patrick’s Cathedral and the Irish Society for Archives. The speakers from a number of projects and exhibitions revealed their explorations of previously unknown archive material of soldiers and civilians.

Proceedings were chaired by RTE news anchor, Bryan Dobson, who following a welcome by the cathedral’s Dean, the Very Revd Victor Stacey and the chairman of the Irish Association of Archivists, Dr Ray Refaussé, explained that the event aimed to put a human face on the lives of those in the First World War.

“This will enable us in 2015 to have some context and understanding of those who went through this cataclysmic experience 100 years ago,” he said, praising the archivists for their vital role in sharing the information they had uncovered.

The first speaker, Nicky Ralston, …read more

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