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Family and Local History Fair at PRONI

Stormont Executive press release - Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure

The Public Record Office (PRONI) is pleased to host a Family and Local History Fair to coincide with the World Police and Fire Games on 3- 4 August 2013.

Culture Minister Carál Ní Chuilín said: “The Family and Local History Fair is part of a series of events taking place in a cultural programme to complement the Games. These events, for visitors and local people will run alongside the sports competitions.

“It is the first time PRONI has held an event on this scale and marks a unique opportunity for visitors to meet many of the organisations from within the DCAL family and the wider heritage community."

Nearly 30 heritage related organisations will be represented at the Family and Local History Fair, including the National Archives of Ireland, Linen Hall Library, Libraries NI, North of Ireland Family History Society, the General Registrar Office and many others who will be on hand to offer expert advice free of charge to visitors.

A programme of talks will showcase the wide range of heritage products and services throughout Ireland. Talks will range on subjects including family history, community, migration, historical monuments, library resources, place names history, education resources, church records and archives. Speakers will include amongst others Dr Patrick Fitzgerald of Mellon Centre for Migration Studies, Gregory O’Connor from the National Archives of Ireland; Gillian Hunt of the Ulster Historical Foundation; Dr Janice Holmes of the Open University in Ireland; and Dr Glynn Kelso & Janet Hancock of PRONI.

Visitors to PRONI will also be able to enjoy an exhibition on 9/11. Ground Zero 360°: A Photographic Retrospective will be available for visitors to experience. The photographic exhibition uses harrowing visuals, chilling audio clips and a unique panoramic installation to depict the aftermath of one of the most tragic events in American history - 9/11.

No original documents will be available on the weekend, however self service microfilms can be accessed during the Fair. Admission to all the events at PRONI is free.

Notes to editors:

1. The programme of talks can be found on the PRONI website at http://www.proni.gov.uk/family_and_local_history_fair_talks_programme__6_.pdf

2. “Explore the lives of your ancestors using the records they created” provides details on the Ground Zero Exhibitions, speakers, tours and how to undertake research at PRONI at http://www.proni.gov.uk/proni_-_wpfg_leaflet.pdf

3. Further information on the Summer Cultural Programme is available here: http://visit-belfast.com/whats-on/event/summer-cultural-programme

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