The Photo Album of Ireland  – Your photos, Your memories, our History

Our photo albums give an insight into our private and public histories. Photographs from family albums or private collections often reveal details about how people lived and worked that official records don’t always capture. As generations pass our knowledge about this valuable social history is often lost.

The Photo Album of Ireland Project is a digital archive project inviting people to share photographs from their private photo collections or family albums. This democratic archive reflects the ordinary and extraordinary histories of a broad cross section of people from across the island of Ireland. The Photo Album of Ireland archive is digitising material from the invention of photography in 1839 up to the advent of digital photography in the early 1990s.  

We are currently working in partnership with Heritage and arts organisations to research specific histories in County Monaghan. Funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs Reconciliation Fund and Monaghan County Heritage and Arts Office, the project is currently exploring the theme of borders: past present and future. The Photo Album of Ireland is a Gallery of Photography outreach project.