Dublin Transcription Week
March 28th - April 1st
Transcription Week is a week-long Transcribathon event taking place from the 28th of March to the 1st of April where people from all over Ireland, and beyond, will work together to unlock important historical documents and make them more easily available to historians, researchers, students and members of the public.
These handwritten records have been available up to now in hard copy or in some cases as digital photographs. However, the text has not easily been accessible, and because of that these important sources have not been as widely consulted as they could be.
During Transcription Week, transcribers can type in the handwritten information and enrich the documents by identifying place-names, dates or other historical data.
Dublin Transcription Week | 28 March — 1 April 2022 | Online Event
March 21st — 25th | Preparation week | We will release pre-recorded videos with more details of the Transcription Week Transcribathon project, context for the collections to be transcribed and a tutorial on how to set up an account, transcribe a document and add enrichments.
March 28th – April 1st | Transcription week | During Transcription Week we will run an optional online workshop each afternoon (duration 60 minutes). Register for the workshops here.
The workshops facilitators will demonstrate how to transcribe and add to documents. They will also troubleshoot problems participants may run into during their transcribing work.
The workshops are there to help you along with your transcriptions, and for you to take part in the Transcribathon community but you don’t need to attend them to take transcribe any documents. Just register an account here and when the Dublin material is released on March 28th start transcribing!
The Wide Streets Commission re-designed medieval Dublin (which was built along a west-east axis) replacing it with a city aligned along a north-south axis, with streets following mathematically-straight lines. The Wide Street Commission Collection includes minute books, architectural drawings, jury books, and manuscript maps. It details the City as it was, what it became, and includes details of what it could have been had different decisions been implemented.
The elected Dublin City Council (DCC) was established in 1840. Although the franchise was confined to property owners it was wide enough to cross the religious divide. In 1841 Daniel O’Connell, ‘the Liberator’, became the first Catholic Lord Mayor in over 150 years.
The DCC held its meetings on the first Monday of each month. Notes were taken by the Town Clerk of Dublin and by his assistants, and these were worked up into minutes of meetings that were entered into large bound volumes which were then painstakingly indexed by the clerks.