Project 11: Access Inniskillings
The digitisation will preserve the information for future generations and help sustain the archiving practice within the museum. The records are currently in a poor state and urgent action is needed to rescue them.
The project will leave a legacy in terms of accessibility to information held by the museum for the public, genealogists, historians and families of former service personnel from the Lough Erne region who helped shape world history in the 18th and 19th century. Enniskillen is the only town in the UK to have given its name to two regiments and the Inniskilling Museum is an important regimental collection that records, preserves and presents their history to the public and to the families of those who served in them. The regiments are known both nationally and internationally.
Inniskillings Museum Curator Neil Armstrong discusses the Access Inniskillings Project
Joe gets to wield a sword at the Inniskillings Museum and takes part in an “Emigrant’s Wake” on the shores of the Upper Lough as part of the UTV series ‘Lough Erne’.
Photographed below Neil Armstrong (Director of Inniskillings Museum and Joe Mahon)
Great open day at Inniskillings Museum. With people getting the opportunity to take a behind the scenes tour of the museum and meet the current volunteers along with getting the chance to sign up. Queen’s University Belfast where offering people a chance to get interactive with their Digital Roadshow. And many more exciting things.
For more information on how to get involved contact Heather Gott. E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Event: Access Inniskillings Open Day
Date/Time: Thursday 28th & Friday 24th March 2019
The Inniskilling Museum invite organisations to tender for the digitisation of artefacts and documents as part on their “Access Inniskillings Project.
This project will aim to create and deliver digital representations of irreplaceable historical documents, letters, diaries, maps and photographs relating to the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, in order to improve access to, and foster a greater understanding of, the materials held in the museum’s archives. The pre-1900 archives are at greatest risk primarily due to their age, but also due to their use and storage over the past decades, and it is this collection of unique and irreplaceable documents that Access Inniskillings will focus on.
Full tender details are available via the link: Invitation to Tender
Access Inniskillings helped to launch the Lough Erne Landscape Partnership, at the launch event held in Enniskillen Castle.
Opening the celebratory event Joanne Sherwood (Director, RSPB NI – lead partner) stated:
“Lough Erne has a wealth of natural, built and cultural heritage throughout this magnificent landscape. We are delighted to be working with the support of the National Lottery and in collaboration with our partners, in the delivery of these fantastic projects. Each of these projects will leave a lasting legacy on communities and landscape of the region”.
The event was very well attended with guests enjoying a key note address from Journalist and broadcaster Joe Mahon, well known for the highly successful Lesser Spotted Ulster series and most recently Lough Neagh series on UTV.
Those attending had the opportunity to meet with representatives of the projects, including The Inniskilling Museum who also launched their Access Inniskillings project on the day. This project will identify more than 10,000 fragile and irreplaceable pre-1900 paper, print and photographic archives within the museum collection and convert them into digital format.
We were delighted to host representatives from our funders The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), to Fermanagh to visit some of our ongoing projects.
Firstly the team visited the Access Inniskillings project based in the Inniskillings Museum in Enniskillen Castle Museum. Access Inniskillings is a digital archiving project promoted by the Inniskillings Museum which aims to preserve many of the museums historical documents from its paper and photographic archives prior to 1900.
The project will leave a legacy in terms of accessibility to information held by the museum for the public, genealogists, historians and families of former service personnel from the Lough Erne region who helped shape world history in the 18th and 19th century.