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Letters 1916-1923 Transcriber

Letters 1916 -1923

About Letters 1916 -1923

Ireland’s first crowd-sourced humanities project, The Letters of 1916: Creating History, is creating a large scale digital collection of letters written for the six months before and after the Easter Rising. The project will lead to the creation of an online archive of letters created by the public for the public, which will be launched in 2016. People can get involved by uploading any letters written between 1 Nov 1915 and 31 Oct 1916 or by transcribing some of the 1500 letters which have already been contributed to the archive.

What's Involved

About Letters 1916-1923: Ireland’s first crowd-sourced humanities project, Letters 1916-1923, has created a large scale digital collection of Irish-themed letters written a century ago. People can get involved by uploading any letters written between 1 Nov 1915 and 31 Dec 1923 or by transcribing letters which have already been contributed to the archive." The Letters 1916-1923 online archive is continuously updated and expanded by the public for the public. People can get involved by uploading Irish-themed letters written between 1 Nov 1915 and 31 Dec 1923, or by transcribing letters which have already been contributed to the archive. Following our website re-launch and considerable additions to our online archive, we are looking for volunteers to be a part of the research process by transcribing and reviewing letters from a key period in Irish history. Transcribers pick topics they are interested in (e.g. the Easter Rising, the Great War, love letters, politics, or medicine). This work is carried out online, so volunteers can work from home and to their own schedule.

What's required for this position

Knowledge of computers and an ability to read handwritten texts are essential. A basic understanding of Irish and global history in the early twentieth century is a plus but by no means obligatory. We especially welcome volunteers with an ability to read Irish, French or German as some of our letters are written in languages other than English.

  • Computer/ Web/ ICT
  • Education/ Training
  • General Admin/ Office Support
  • Multi-lingual/ Multi-culturalism
  • Research/ Journalism/ Media

Level of English required for this role:
Intermediate English

Times and commitment required for this role

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Minimum time commitment: Flexible

Other Details

Location of volunteering opportunity:
online / virtual

Other location details:
worldwide

Also available in these counties
Dublin, Carlow, Cavan, Clare, Cork, Donegal, Dublin - City, Dublin - Dun Laoghaire/ Rathdown, Dublin - Fingal, Dublin - South Dublin County, Galway, Kerry, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Leitrim, Limerick, Longford, Louth, Mayo, Meath, Monaghan, Offaly, Roscommon, Sligo, Tipperary, Waterford, Westmeath, Wexford, Wicklow

Screening details for this role:

  • No screening

Volunteers will be provided with the following supports:

  • Support/ advice/ recognition
  • Ongoing training opportunities

Volunteers with the following challenges will be supported in this role

  • Physical Disability

Age restrictions:
No age restrictions

Is this opportunity suitable for groups/teams of volunteers?
Yes

Benefits you will receive as a volunteer

Volunteers will discover new aspects of Irish history and culture through their engagement with original material written a century ago. They will improve their reading comprehension and be part of an active online community of transcribers.

  • This opportunity is posted by:
  • Volunteer Centre: Kildare
Volunteer Ireland is delighted to acknowledge the support of:
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