The Letters of 1916: Creating History is the first crowd-sourced humanities project in Ireland. The project was launched on Friday September 27th 2013 at Discover Research Night and invites people all over the world to share letters written during and related to the Easter Rising of 1916. Images of letters can be uploaded, read online and transcribed. This project focuses especially on private collections and the letters and voices of people that were less well known or even forgotten.
In the word of the principle investigator of the project Susan Schreibman, Professor of Digital Humanities NUIM:
Allowing letters from personal collections to be read alongside official letters and letters contributed by institutions will add new perspectives to the events of the period and allow us to understand what it was like to live an ordinary life through what were extraordinary times…All too often our emphasis is on the grand narrative focusing on key political figures. But as we approach the centenary of the Easter Rising we want to try to get a sense of how ordinary people coped with one of the most disruptive periods in contemporary Irish history…” press release