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Friday, 18th August 2017

Drogheda Local Voices Heritage Day presentation

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Putting faces to the voices (from left): Eamon Thornton, Helena Byrne, Bernadette McKevitt, Sharon Healy, Lana Floody, Bernie Ruth, Emmett Doran and Andrea Gordon.

As a contribution to Heritage Day in Drogheda Museum Millmount, Drogheda Local Voices Oral History Group will host an audio-visual presentation of some of the creative productions inspired by its very extensive archive.

This archive has been gathered over the last 25 years and is a crucial element in the recording and preservation of the history and heritage of the town.

New recordings continue to be added on an ongoing basis and the material is currently being catalogued to professional standards to enable it to be used for purposes of research into social history and also to facilitate creative projects based on the recorded material. These have previously included original theatre, re-enactments, audio projects, presentations on DVD, temporary exhibitions in the museum and special targeted research projects.

Come and learn more about this exciting and inspiring archive. Take a look at its extensive catalogue.  Listen to some recordings of local people talk in their own words about life in times past, about ordinary and extraordinary happenings in Drogheda. Deepen your understanding of our heritage. Share in the experience of discovering how these recordings can be transformed into such interesting productions.

After all, “We can never get lost if we know where we came from!”  

At 3.00pm there will be a special screening of the Upstate Theatre production - Ship Street Revisited.

"Travel back to the Drogheda of the 1940s. On the banks of the Boyne sits a street that has a story to tell; a story of local people, working people, and the town they remember. Ship Street Revisited is about memories, about real people’s stories retold, re-imagined and re-presented in the community in which they first took place. Weaving the oral history of an industrial age with contemporary performance technique, we use the urban landscape and over fifty local performers to re-introduce a town to its invisible past."

Drogheda Local Voices (DLV) was one of the lucky applicants to receive funding from the Heritage Council this year to implement a preservation strategy. As part of this plan a small group of volunteers are working alongside DLV staff to compile and make available a detailed catalogue in addition to upgrading the computer system and the way the collection is stored. This was undertaken to ensure the longevity of the collection as well as improving access for anyone who would like to visit the sound archive and reuse the contents of the collection. In order to showcase the archive collection and highlight the variety in the collection DLV is hosting an open day as part of Heritage Week activities.

Drogheda Local Voices Heritage Day takes place in the Governor’s House, Millmount Complex, Drogheda on Sunday, 27th August 2017 from 2-5 p.m.

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