The Letters of 1916 project is the first public humanities project in Ireland.
Its goal is to create a crowd-sourced digital collection of letters written around the time of the Easter Rising (1 November 1915 – 31 October 1916).
The project includes letters held at institutions (in Ireland and abroad), alongside those in private collections. To date, we have collected over 1600 letters that comment on the Easter Rising, literature and art, the Great War, politics, business, and ordinary life. Through these letters we are bringing to life the written words, the last words, the unspoken words, and the forgotten words. We are well on our way to creating an online collection for the public, created by the public, which will add a new perspective to the events of the period, a confidential and intimate glimpse into early 20th Century life in Ireland, as well as how Irish politics was received and viewed internationally.
Do you have a letter written between 1 November 1915 – 31 October 1916? Is it written to/from someone in Ireland? Play your part to create a picture of everyday life in Ireland as we seek to understand the events of 1916 alongside official documents and letters from public institutions. Contribute by uploading an image of your letter from this page and have your family history included.
Discover hidden stories in the letters of 1916. Help us reinterpret this formative period in Irish history. Improve access to historic documents by transcribing handwritten pages. Pick a topic you are interested in (the Rising, the Great War, love letters, etc.) and be part of the research process.