Friday, May 2, 2014

Launch of the Hardiman Research Building and "Performing Ireland" Abbey Theatre Digital Archive Exhibition

On the 1st May the Hardiman Research Building was officially launched by Minister for Education, Ruairi Quinn, T.D. The Hardiman Building is an exciting development and a key departure on campus that will unify research and unique resources in the Hardiman Library and with Humanities and Social Sciences at NUI Galway. 

Located next to the Hardiman Library, the new Research Building comprises the new home for Archives and Special Collections, Digitisation, Research Support and other Library services as well as creating a collaborative space for research through the Moore Institute for Research in the Humanities and Social Studies and the Whitaker Institute for Innovation and Societal Change. The Moore Institute is a leading voice in digital humanities, medieval and early modern history and literature and travel and cultural encounter. The Whitaker Institute, honouring the enduring contribution of public servant T.K. Whitaker, is the largest national business and social science institute on the island. 

Part of the launch of the Hardiman Building is a showcase exhibition, "Performing Ireland: A Digital Journey Through Irish Theatre", the first from the ongoing major digitisation project of the archive of the Abbey Theatre. More on the Abbey Theatre archive can be seen here. 

You can read more on the exhibition and the launch in the Irish Times here and also watch RTÉ news coverage here. 'Morning Ireland' on RTÉ Radio 1 also carried a feature on the Abbey Theatre exhibition and this can be listened to here.

Here are a selection of images from yesterday's launch of the Hardiman Building.

John Cox, Librarian, Hardiman Library, Minister for Education, Ruairi Quinn T.D., Prof. James Browne, President NUI Galway
Prof. James Cunningham, John Cox, Prof. Dan Carey, Ruairi Quinn T.D., Prof. James Browne

The Hardiman Research Building

Abbey Theatre costumes on display outside the Hardiman Library

Selection of Abbey Theatre props from "The Picture of Dorian Grey"

Props from Abbey Theatre production of 'Hamlet' 

Abbey Theatre costume team installing costumes for the "Performing Ireland" exhibition at NUI Galway

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