Posters kick off online archive

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Original posters from the civil rights campaign have been digitised as part of a scheme to build up an online archive from the era.

The project is being organised ahead of 2017 - the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association.

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Some of the items which have already been digitised include posters advertising early civil rights marches in Derry, including the October 5th, 1968 march.

One of the founding members of the civil rights movement, Fionnbarra O Dochartaigh, appealed for anyone with original material to get in contact with the project.

“We know of collectors of memorabilia, in Derry and beyond, so we cordially invite them to participate in this historical and educational project. We would not expect people to donate items they hold to the 2017 project, but merely to come to one of our offices and have these scanned while they wait,” he said.

Mr O Dochartaigh also said the archive would be of use to researchers and historians. “It will also be made available to college students, academics, authors and others.”

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The civil rights founder said volunteers are needed for the project.

“We would welcome help as we have at least 25 more large archive boxes to be examined. Who knows what further ‘finds’ we may come across? Photos, posters, leaflets, barricade bulletins, local publications, scrap-books, personal filming etc., which are in individual hands are of great historical value, and mutual co-operation, would be much appreciated,” he said.

For more information contact rights.civil@gmail.com or mobile: 07783660181