THE PHOTO ALBUM OF IRELAND  – Your Photos, Your Memories, Our History   Our family photo albums give an insight into our private and public histories. As generations pass, our knowledge about this valuable social history is often lost. The Photo Album of Ireland archive project is digitally collecting family photographs to build an emerging archive representing people who identify as culturally Irish. We are digitising photographs that span period from the invention of photography in 1839 up to the advent of digital photography in the early 1990s. This emerging digital archive includes photographs of people working the land, family occasions, social and religious events and travels overseas.

‘Stewart family car’, from the Stewart // County Monaghan Album


DRUM – Portrait of a village project

The Gallery of Photography’s Photo Album team is working with the people of Drum to record the social history of the village held in family photo albums and collections.  Photographs dating from the 1870s to the 1960s reveal strong community ties, changing farming methods and effects of modernization – giving a unique insight into life in rural County Monaghan.

With special thanks to: Angela Graham for her creative input, direction and excellent organisational skills which made this project possible; Barbara Stewart for her administrative and photographic expertise and insights. Thanks also to Lorna Soden, Sharon Lancashire, Sandy Mills and the members of Drum Protestant Heritage Group for all their superb work; artists Kevin Fox and Krass Clement; Irene Wright; Ruth Stewart; Beth Stewart; the staff, pupils and children of Wee Drummers Community Childcare; Mervyn Reilly,  Tyrone Guthrie Centre;  Robbie McDonald, Heather Humphreys TD, Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Sandra McQuaid and Noel Carney.

PARTNERS & FUNDERS Drum: Portrait of a Village is a Gallery of Photography project organised in partnership with Monaghan County Council Heritage and Arts Offices,  Drum Development Association and most importantly the people of Drum village. Kindly supported by: Monaghan County Creative Ireland Programme; Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Reconciliation Fund; The Heritage Council of Ireland; Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht; Tyrone Guthrie Centre. For information on the project contact: Trish Lambe, Gallery of Photography, Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2. E. trish@galleryofphotography.ie M. 086 6034232 T. 01 6714654