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.
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:
Times and commitment required for this role
Minimum time commitment: Flexible
Location of volunteering opportunity:
online / virtual
Other location details:
Also available in these counties
Dublin, Dublin - Dun Laoghaire/ Rathdown, Dublin - South Dublin County, Wicklow
Screening details for this role:
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
No age restrictions
Is this opportunity suitable for groups/teams of volunteers?
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.