A one-day free public seminar on local history organised by the Heritage Office of Wicklow County Council will be held on Saturday, 4th November.
“Our Wicklow Heritage: Making Local History”, arranged in conjunction with local historical societies, takes place in Brockagh Resource Centre, Laragh, and people are invited to take part.
The aim of the event is to highlight the valuable role of local historical societies in generating and disseminating information about Wicklow, and to explore opportunities to support and strengthen this role into the future.
Professor of History at Maynooth University, Dr Raymond Gillespie, will be the keynote speaker followed by talks from five of the local historical societies in Wicklow: Roundwood & District Folklore & Historical Society; Rathdrum Historical Society; Arklow Maritime Heritage Committee; Bray Cualann Historical Society and Greystones Archaeological and Historical Society.
Also included on the programme will be presentations from Ms Catherine Wright, Wicklow County Council Archivist, and Ms Deirdre Burns, Heritage Officer, on key resources available for the historical researcher in county Wicklow.
The seminar will provide a networking opportunity for members of different societies or related groups from all over the county to meet and exchange ideas and discuss their work.
“Historical research is in many ways easier than ever with an array of online resources available”, explains Deirdre Burns, “however this also poses challenges for sustaining the traditional model of a local history society and among the issues we hope to discuss are opportunities for attracting new audiences and members, encouraging new research and using online and digital resources”.
This event is co-funded by Wicklow County Council and The Heritage Council is an action of the County Wicklow Plan in 2017. For more information contact Deirdre Burns, Heritage Officer: E: [email protected] T: 0404 20100.