It’s Heritage Week this week, from today until August 31st, and the Irish Photo Archive are privileged to feature in an exhibition at the Blanchardstown Library. All week long, when you walk into the library, you will be greeted by a selection of our most popular images. If you have never had the opportunity to see our images printed (instead of on a computer screen), here’s your chance.
You’ve probably heard the ads on radio about Heritage Week but perhaps did not pay too much attention. It is coordinated by the Heritage Council, and takes place annually on the last week in August. It was initiated to raise wider awareness among the public about our heritage, and where people can turn to if they want to learn more or access cultural resources.
Events and talks will be taking place across the country this week, and you can find out more about the schedule in your local area on the Heritage Council’s website, www.heritagecouncil.ie. As well as our exhibition, the Blanchardstown Library will be holding talks on local history, more information on which you can find here.
If you are a fan of the Irish Photo Archive, you will be aware that we are attempting to digitize the 3.5m negative collection of the Lensmen Photographic Agency. This collection is a unique and authentic record of Irish life going back to the 1950s, but will be lost if it is not preserved. We are doing our best, but without support and funding, we will not be able to continue indefinitely. So, if you like what we are doing, and appreciate the value of the Archive to Irish heritage, please do continue to give us your support and encourage bodies like the Heritage Council to support us too!