The Letters of 1916 project is the first public humanities project in Ireland. It is creating a crowd-sourced digital collection of letters written around the time of the Easter Rising (1 November 1915 – 31 October 1916).

The project includes letters held at institutions (in Ireland and abroad), alongside those in private collections. To date, we have collected over 2,230 letters that comment on the Easter Rising, literature and art, the Great War, politics, business, and ordinary life. Through these letters we are bringing to life the written words, the last words, the unspoken words, and the forgotten words. We are well on our way to creating an online collection for the public, created by the public, which will add a new perspective to the events of the period, a confidential and intimate glimpse into early 20th Century life in Ireland, as well as how Irish politics was viewed internationally.

To date, the project has over 1,100 transcribers. Join us in creating this important new collection by registering to be a transcriber here and be part of the research process.

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