National Archives Talks at Back to our Past Virtual
1) Tracing the history of the workhouse system in Ireland using sources in the NAI
In his presentation, NAI Senior Archivist Brian Donnelly will outline the history of the workhouse system in Ireland from its inception in the late 1830s to its abolition in the 20th century. He will also explain what records relating to workhouses are available in the National Archives and his talk will be illustrated with documents from the rich holdings of the NAI.
In his presentation, NAI Keeper Tom Quinlan will describe record collections in the NAI that can be used to trace convict ancestors from the 18th to the early 20th centuries. These sources relate to those who served their sentences either in Ireland or further afield in Australia, among other countries and this talk will be illustrated with images drawn from a variety of record series held in the NAI.