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Launch of Archiving Reproductive Health Pilot Collections

Date: 
Tuesday, March 8, 2022
Location: 
Online

Time: 12:00 - 12:45 pm GMT

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Image: "Rise and Repeal" March for Choice 2016. Photo: Renee Summers

The Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI) is delighted to announce the launch of a series of pilot collections for the 'Digital Preservation of Reproductive Health Resources: Archiving the 8th' project (Archiving Reproductive Health), in an online event on International Women’s Day 2022.

Archiving Reproductive Health (ARH) is a project funded by the Wellcome Trust and carried out by the DRI to preserve and publish digital materials relating to campaigns for reproductive justice in Ireland, especially during the campaign to repeal the Eighth Amendment in 2018. Working with key stakeholders including the Abortion Rights Campaign, Together for Yes, Terminations for Medical Reasons, Coalition to Repeal the Eighth, and many others, ARH has gathered and preserved a selection of digital objects and research data that tells part of the story of this historic campaign.

These collections will be launched online on International Women’s Day, 8 March 2022, at 12:00pm. All are welcome to attend. The event is free but registration is required.

Material from the collections include a series of photographs, videos and design assets from three of the Abortion Rights Campaign’s Marches for Choice

Also included are design assets and press materials from Together for Yes, the national campaign to repeal the Eighth, as well as from the Coalition to Repeal the Eighth and Terminations for Medical Reasons.

The project is also working on the exciting and challenging world of social media preservation. Material from the popular Facebook page “In Her Shoes” will be available as part of the pilot collections. 

Research data in the form of oral history interviews with medics, campaigners, and women’s rights activists in Ireland will also be launched, provided by Re(al)productive Justice, Irish Qualitative Data Archive and a number of individual researchers.

Photographs of referendum campaign posters in Irish city streets in 2018 by researcher Louis Strange round out this exciting series of collections.

ARH warmly welcomes stakeholders, campaigners and members of the public to attend this launch, where a brief guided tour of these important collections will be presented by Digital Archivist and Coordinator Clare Lanigan. Once launched, the collections will be available for viewing and research on repository.dri.ie.

Registration is free at this link.

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