Minister launches Derry records online

Hundreds of years of Derry history are just a click away with city’s public records from 1673 to 1901 now available online.

Speaking at the launch of the project at the Tower Museum on Wednesday, Culture Minister Caral Ni Chuilin said the archives provide a “fascinating insight” into the history of Derry, the North West and the entire island of Ireland.

“The online resource is the product of an eighteen-month long project undertaken by PRONI and Derry City Council to make digital copies of the original manuscripts.

This will enhance the collection of key resources which PRONI has already made available online, including street directories and wills indexes,” she said. Derry’s Mayor, Alderman Maurice Devenney said the minute books would add greatly to the current historical records and knowledge of the city. “The volumes record discussions on a vast array of subjects pertaining to local government of the city, taken during Corporation meetings held in the council chamber.

They make very interesting reading to anyone interested in finding out about life in the city.” The twenty-three original volumes of city Corporation minute books reside in two locations - PRONI in Belfast and the Harbour Museum in Derry.

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