The Letters of 1916 project is the first public humanities project in Ireland and it was launched in September 2013. It is creating a crowd-sourced digital collection of letters written around the time of the Easter Rising (1 November 1915 – 31 October 1916).
I’m involved in this fascinating project from the beginning. Among others, I’m responsible for the letters digitisation and workflow, graphic design, web content management, communication and social media.
As a part of the Science Foundation of Ireland: Science Week 2015, I co-organised The Digital Treasure Hunt 2015 at An Foras Feasa, Maynooth University for secondary school students. The event engaged students in activities using digital technologies in order to discover more about life in Ireland 2000 years. It consisted of various interactive group activities that introduced students to a wide range of technologies used in cultural heritage research and practice, including digital photography, hyper-spectral imaging, virtual and augmented reality, photogrammetry, etc.
This initiative aimed to explore museums in Dublin through enjoyable engagement with the artefacts through mobile photography in aid for charity.
I co-ordinated the event and was responsible for the programme, logistics and social media engagement. I created and managed the website for the event, including graphic design (e.g. website, logo, posters). I plan to develop this format further as annual and larger scale event from 2017.
This project started with a picture or two taken across Dublin, inspired by a trip to Berlin, but it has turned into a small independent ‘project’ since. Walking around Georgian and Victorian Dublin made me more curious about this overlooked industrial and domestic heritage of our City. My collection consists of over 300 examples / photographs and is still growing. I’m developing some ideas around it, so watch this space.