Saturday, 21 November 2020

PRONI extends closure until December 11th

The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland ( has announced that its current closure has been extended from Friday, November 27th until Friday, December 12th 2020, as part of new measures from the Northern Irish Assembly to try to stem the increase in coronavirus infections.

For further details visit

UPDATE:  **PRONI closure to the public extended to Friday 11th December**

In line NI Executive measures to curb the spread of Covid-19, PRONI will continue to be closed to the public until Friday 11th December.

Visitor appointments within this period are now cancelled, and those affected will be contacted directly.

What we do have for you is a packed week of online events for Explore Your Archive Week next week, alongside our participation in their social media campaign.

What is an archive, what do we hold, how do we look after it, what can YOU do with our collections? All these questions, and more will be explored in our events next week.

Full details can be found on our website but here’s an idea of what you can expect:

Monday @ 2pm – Conservation and Collections Care: Preserving PRONI’s archive – hear from our lead conservator Sarah Graham about how she looks after our 3.5 million records.

Tuesday @ 2pm – A Beginners Guide to Using DNA for Family history. Martin McDowell from North of Ireland Family History Society will show you how to use your DNA results to help build your family tree.

Wednesday @ 2pm – Putting You In The Picture: An Introduction to the UTV Archive – Ann Donnelly from Northern Ireland Screen will show you some highlights from the UTV archive, currently preserved and being digitised at PRONI.

Thursday @ 2pm – Researching Presbyterians in Ireland - Dr William Roulston from Ulster Historical Foundation will show you how to research your Presbyterian ancestors.

Friday @ 2pm – Dead of the Revolution – Dr Darragh Gannon from Ulster Society for Irish Historical Studies will interview author Professor Eunan O’Halpin about his recently publicised book Dead of the Revolution.

These are FREE and online but booking is essential. We look forward to having you there!

(With thanks to Larne branch of NIFHS via Facebook)


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