History live

I posted a cache of original unpublished documents online that told the story of Ireland’s Easter Rising as it unfolded exactly 100 years since the rebellion. The project was called ‘1916 Live’.

The papers were police, government and private records kept in the University of Oxford’s Bodleian library. Each document was published at the time it was logged, giving a real-time experience of the rebellion.

With the library’s permission, I and a team of volunteers transcribed and published the documents, creating a permanent searchable database online of this vital historical resource.

The Bodleian Library invited me to write about the experience of discovering the cache in their archives and why I decided to publish them.

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