Heritage Week is a week long celebration of natural, artistic and built Heritage of Ireland during which many local and national heritage organisations hold special events throughout the country.
Heritage Week 2020 runs from Saturday 15th August, 2020 to Wednesday 26th August, 2020. 
Archives that are featured during Heritage Week 2020 include:

The Irish Architectural Archive

In conjunction with the Buildings of Ireland Charitable Trust, The Irish Architectural Archive will be delivering a short online lecture series exploring aspects of the two most recently published volumes in the Buildings of Ireland series, Central Leinster: Kildare, Laois and Offaly, by Dr Andrew Tierney (2019) and Cork City and County by Frank Keohane(2020). More information available here.

There will also be an opportunity to visit the exhibition Summarising Cities: European Squares and their Histories. Drone pictures by Cătălin D. Constantin recently installed in the first floor rooms of 45 Merrion Square. See here for more information.


Strokestown Park House/ National Famine Museum

For Heritage Week 2020, check out "Dead Time. Unlocking the Diary of Olive Pakenham Mahon, 1914", a ten minute audio/visual piece. Created and produced by actress Anne-Marie O'Sullivan of Enchanted Croí Theatre Company, and archivist Martin Fagan, Strokestown Park House / National Famine Museum, and the result of an ongoing collaboration between archivist and actress, it can be viewed here.


Louth County Council Archives

Louth County Council archives have made three projects available for this year's Heritage Week: County Louth School Archive Collections project featuring school collections donated to the archive; The Great Northern Railway Online Exhibition, a Cross Border archives project; and The Big House in County Louth Story Box


Oireachtas Library & Research Service

The Oireachtas Library has recently added two sets of digital archives to its online heritage collections, in time for Heritage Week.

The first is a collection of parliamentary bills from 1922 to 1996. The collection gives a fascinating view into the process of law-making in the Irish parliament throughout the 20th century. The second collection consists of the Dublin Gazette dating from 1750 to 1800. These publications were digitised a number of years ago as large bound volumes but have now been relaunched in the more user-friendly format of individual issues. Both collections can be viewed here


RCSI Library

Discover the Women on Walls collection at RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences online via RSCI's social media channels throughout National Heritage Week. From 17th - 21st August, RCSI will create a virtual exhibition showcasing highlights from the collection, providing a platform to celebrate their contributions and raise the visibility of the role of women in healthcare. RCSI Library are putting together some exciting games and activities inspired by the project, to keep all ages entertained. (Watch out for their colouring competition and some fun trivia questions on social media over the week!)

They will end the week with a virtual tour of RCSI, welcoming the public into the college from the comfort of their own homes.

A full programme of events can be viewed here.


If you are planning an event for Heritage week which relates to the Archive Sector, and wish to have it listed here, please contact

ARA Ireland Communications Officer Niamh Ní Charra at niamhnicharra@gmail.com