Heritage from Home 2

Wednesday 6 October 2021 - March 2022

Following the success of last year’s Heritage from Home series of online talks, Libraries NI is organising a second series this autumn and winter. Heritage from Home 2 will run from October 2021 to mid-March 2022. The talks have been made possible through the Shared History Fund with money from The Northern Ireland Office allocated by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

In this centenary year, the programme will focus more specifically on the social context, historical events and impact on people and institutions of the creation of Northern Ireland, but will also more generally explore how life in Northern Ireland and border areas has evolved within the last 100 years. The aim will be to provide a critical look at the last century from a variety of perspectives, through talks by speakers with different backgrounds and interests (History, Politics, Architecture, Genealogy, the Arts and Museums and Archives).

All these events will be delivered via Zoom and can be followed on PC, laptop, iPad and on most smartphones.

It is essential to book, so if you would like to attend an event, please click on the link for that particular event and you will open the relevant registration page.

For more information and the registration link for each event please click on the + symbol beside the Event Name.

The programme will be updated regularly, so keep checking this page for more events and follow our Facebook page for notifications. For more information, please email: heritage.talks@librariesni.org.uk


Event Name                  Event Details             Start Date & Time End Date & Time Library Booking
Brian McGilloway. ‘Walking the Tightrope: writing around the border’ via Zoom   Brian McGilloway is the New York Times bestselling author of eleven crime novels; six of these feature Inspector Benedict Devlin and are set on the border lands between Tyrone-Donegal. "Borderlands" his debut novel, marked the beginning of a compelling new series, and the author’s command of the tangled plot, his assurance of language, the exceptionally mature prose and the charismatic hero have been all been highly praised. His latest novel in the Ben Devlin series, ‘Blood Ties’, was released in spring 2021 and is the 6th in the ever-popular series.
In his talk Brian will cover the challenges of writing around the border between the North and South of Ireland, which he describes as ‘walking the tightrope’. He will cover the pros and cons of doing so, the research required and how much the border contributed to the plots in the Inspector Devlin series.
The talk will be of interest to his many fans across the province and further afield, and to all fans of crime genre.
29/10/2021 12:30 PM 29/10/2021 01:30 PM Virtual - Heritage From Home
Dr Johanne Devlin-Trew, Migration as a Legacy of Partition: The Socio-Economic Causes & Consequences   This event will cover the legacy of partition, particularly the social impacts which gave rise to the large numbers of emigrants leaving Ireland, North and South, over the twentieth century. Until the emergence of Celtic Tiger Ireland in the mid-1990s, the legacy of partition could be seen in its creation of two 'failed states' in Ireland, that is, two economies that were not self-sustaining, one of which was also mired in violent conflict. This led to large out-migrations from both jurisdictions over several decades, but recovery in the South in the 1990s was also linked to this history of emigration, by harnessing support from the Irish diaspora abroad. However, the recent and ongoing impact of Brexit - in effect another form of partition on the island - points to serious challenges ahead.

Johanne Devlin Trew, PhD, is lecturer in the School of Applied Social & Policy Sciences, Ulster University, specialising in the study of migration and racism. She is the author of: ‘Place, Culture and Community: The Irish Heritage of the Ottawa Valley – Canada' (CSP, 2009); ‘Leaving the North: Migration and Memory, Northern Ireland 1921-2011' (Liverpool UP, 2016); and with Michael Pierse, ed. ‘Rethinking the Irish Diaspora’ (Palgrave, 2018).
04/11/2021 12:30 PM 04/11/2021 01:30 PM Virtual - Heritage From Home
Dr Andrew G. Newby, “It Would Lead to Sheer Anarchy": Joseph R. Fisher, Finland and the Home Rule Question, c. 1899-1914   Dr Andrew Newby will discuss Joseph R. Fisher, Finland and the Home Rule Question, c. 1899-1914. From the mid-nineteenth century to the creation of the Irish Free State, Finland became one of several examples that Irish nationalists (and indeed Gladstonian Home Rulers) used to demonstrate the potential and viability of Irish Home Rule. Nevertheless, Joseph J. Fisher, a native of Raffrey Co. Down and editor of the unionist Northern Whig newspaper, used his in-depth knowledge of Finnish nationalism to argue that the analogy of Finland was more suited to unionist rhetoric than nationalist. As Finland was seen by contemporaries in Britain and Europe as the "enlightened", "hard-working" and "civilised" part of the Russian Empire, Fisher posited that this should be seen as analogous to the position of Ulster. This paper will outline both the nationalist and unionist use of the Finnish analogy, and demonstrate the flexibility of international comparisons in Irish politics.

Dr Newby is Senior Lecturer in Transnational and Comparative History at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. His research covers a wide range of topics relating to Europe in the "Long Nineteenth Century", particularly in relation to land reform, famine and aspects of nationalism and national / regional identity.
09/11/2021 12:30 PM 09/11/2021 01:30 PM Virtual - Heritage From Home
Jim Herlihy, The Black and Tans: a Short History and Genealogical Guide   Irish police historian, author and genealogist Jim Herlihy will discuss the history of the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) Reserve - also known as ‘the Black and Tans’, which was created in 1920 in order to supplement the native Irish force, then depleted by massive resignations.

Jim is a retired member of an Garda Síochána and a co-founder of the Garda Síochána Historical Society. He is also a committee member of the Historical and Reconciliation Police (HARP) Society as well as its Public Relations Officer.
His many publications include ‘The Royal Irish Constabulary: a Short History and Genealogical Guide’ (2016) and ‘Royal Irish Constabulary Officers: a Biographical Dictionary and Genealogical Guide, 1816-1922' (2005). His latest book, ‘The Black & Tans, 1920-1921: A Complete Alphabetical List, Short History and Genealogical Guide’, was published in 2021.
18/11/2021 12:30 PM 18/11/2021 01:30 PM Virtual - Heritage From Home
Stephen Scarth, PRONI, A Century of Archiving – the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI)   Stephen Scarth will tell the story of the creation and establishment of the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) in 1923. He will explore how PRONI has sought to fill the gap following the destruction of six centuries of records when the former Public Record Office of Ireland (PROI), based in Dublin, was destroyed by fire in 1922. Stephen will also reflect on how the archive has changed over the past century and on its unique collecting remit.

Stephen Scarth is Head of Public Services at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI), a division within the Department for Communities (NI). He has been in post since 2010, and is responsible for all customer related activities. Stephen has over 25 years’ experience working in archives and is a current board member of the Archives & Records Association UK & Ireland. His interests have included marking centenaries, contested history, digital inclusion and the upcoming 100th anniversary of PRONI. Stephen is a regular contributor and speaker on archives on topics that relate to the decade of centenaries.
24/11/2021 12:30 PM 24/11/2021 01:30 PM Virtual - Heritage From Home