Letters of 1916 is the first public humanities project in Ireland. It is creating a crowd-sourced digital collection of letters written around the time of the Easter Rising (1 November 1915 – 31 October 1916).

Contribute by transcribing previously-collected letters or uploading letters you have to our database.

The first five months of the project have been very successful. Over 800 letters have been uploaded from both national Institutions and private collections. The Letters 1916 team is identifying, photographing and preparing hundreds more for upload. Get in touch and be part of the research process!




Picture gallery from the Genealogy Day event, Limerick City of Culture, 15 March 2014

Last Saturday, 15 March 2014, the Letters 1916 project team participated in the Genealogy Day in Limerick. The event was organised by the History and Heritage pillar as a part of the Limerick City of Culture 2014 programme.




NLI-letters-mashup-1There are many letters still awaiting transcription! Discover hidden stories in the letters of 1916. Help us reinterpret this formative period in Irish history by improving access to historic documents through the transcription of handwritten pages. Pick a topic you are interested in (the Rising, the Great War, love letters, etc.) and be part of the research process.