Institutions

RASCAL only exists because of the time and effort put in by our member institutions to ensure that their special collections are available for research and users to access.
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    ARK (Access Research Knowledge)

    ARK (Northern Ireland Social and Political Archive) is a web resource that provides access to social and political material relevant to Northern Ireland. It was established in 2000 as a joint project between Queen's University Belfast and the University of Ulster. ARK has four components - CAIN: Con ...
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    Armagh County Museum

    Armagh County Museum is situated on the Mall, in the centre of Armagh city. Opened in 1937 by Armagh County Council it is the oldest County Museum in Ireland. The collections of the museum are based on specimens gathered by the Armagh Natural History and Philosophical Society during the 19th century ...
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    Armagh Observatory

    The Armagh Observatory, founded in 1790 by Archbishop Richard Robinson, is the oldest continuously functioning astronomical research institute in Great Britain and Ireland. It stands close to the centre of the historic City of Armagh in attractive, landscaped grounds that include a scale model of th ...
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    Armagh Robinson Library

    Armagh Robinson Library (formerly Armagh Public Library) was founded in 1771 by Archbishop Richard Robinson. The core part of the collection is the Archbishop's personal library. This was later added to in the 1830s by Archbishop Beresford. Other provenances associated with the collection held at AR ...
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    BBC Northern Ireland Archive

    The BBC Northern Ireland Television & Radio Archive was established at the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum following an agreement signed in April 1989 between the Museum and BBC NI that an archive service should be set up to secure the long-term perservation of archived radio material produced locall ...
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    Belfast Harbour Commissioners

    The Port of Belfast, first mentioned in 1613 at the incorporation of the borough, was largely controlled by the Chichesters until 1785 when the Corporation for Preserving and Improving the Port and Harbour of Belfast (the Ballast Board) was instituted by Act of Parliament. It comprised 15 members: 3 ...
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    CAIN Project

    CAIN is based within the University of Ulster and is located at the Magee Campus. The University of Ulster has recently provided funding for the CAIN project. The Project began work in January 1996. The web site was launched in March 1997.
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    Cardinal Tomás Ó Fiaich Memorial Library & Archive

    Cardinal Tomás Ó Fiaich (1923-1990) left instructions in his will that his academic papers, books, and a number of other personal items be passed to the local Armagh Diocesan Historical Society, Seanchas Ard Mhacha, so that they would be available to future generations. Members of the Society, frien ...
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    Chester Beatty Library

    The Chester Beatty Library, Dublin is an art museum and library which houses the great collection of manuscripts, miniature paintings, prints, drawings, rare books and some decorative arts assembled by Sir Alfred Chester Beatty (1875-1968).
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    Community Relations Council

    The Community Relations Council was formed in January 1990 as an independent company and a registered charity to promote better community relations between Protestants and Catholics in Northern Ireland and, equally, to promote the recognition of cultural diversity. It originated in 1986 as a proposa ...
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    Contemporary Music Centre

    The Contemporary Music Centre is an all-Ireland, non-profit educational organisation, founded in 1985 by the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon to support and encourage the composition and performance of serious music. As a largely government-funded body, it operates as an independent organisation b ...
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    Cork County Library Services

    Cork County Council has 28 branches and six mobile libraries throughout the county. This library service provides the community with a comprehensive range of material for information, study and recreation. Ultimately user friendly, it is there to inform, entertain and educate.\n\nThe first Cork Coun ...
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    Craigavon Museum Services (Craigavon Historical Society)

    Craigavon Museum services is part of Craigavon Borough council and was established in 1995. Craigavon does not currently have a premanent venue for the exhibition of its artefacts. At the moment an outreach programme operates within the community. The library was named in honour of Philip Wilson who ...
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    Dublin City Libraries, Pearse Street Library

    Dublin City Public Libraries has a significant music collection with most branches providing a range of music recordings and music literature. The main body of the collection is centrally located in the Music Library, Ilac Centre.\n\nIts services include: block loans to musical societies, institutio ...
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    Educational Guidance Service for Adults

    EGSA is an independent, voluntary organisation with its own management committee. Core funding is received from central Government. The organisation was set up by the Northern Ireland Council of Social Service in 1967 as an experimental pilot scheme: it was financed by the Clement Wilson Foundation, ...
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    Equality Commission for Northern Ireland

    The Equality Commission is the body responsible for combating discrimination and promoting equality in Northern Ireland. The Equality Commission for Northern Ireland is an independent public body established under the Northern Ireland Act 1998. On 1 October 1999 the commission took over the function ...
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    European Commission (NI)

    The European Commission Office in Northern Ireland first opened in 1980, acting initially as an Information and Press Office and serving a population which knew very little about the European Community. However the Representation's remit has expanded and now it has four distinct roles: Representing ...
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    Falls Community Council

    The Dúchas Project was formally established by the Falls Community Council in 2000 following the award of funds from the EU Special Support Programme for Peace and Reconciliation. It was set up to record the experience of the Northern Ireland conflict in nationalist West Belfast from 1969 onwards. T ...
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    Foyle College

    The Free School of Londonderry was founded in 1617 by Matthias Springham in Schoolhouse Lane, within the city walls. Springham was the Master of the Merchants' Taylor Company. The school moved in 1814 to a purpose built building above the Strand. It was shortly after this that the name was changed t ...
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    Irish Traditional Music Archive

    Established in 1987, the Archive is the first body to be exclusively concerned with the making of a comprehensive multi-media collection of materials – sound recordings, books and serials, sheet music and ballad sheets, photographs, videos and DVDs, etc. – for the appreciation and study of Irish tra ...
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    Libraries NI, Armagh City Library

    Armagh City Library is part of Libraries NI. The Northern Ireland Library Authority (Libraries NI) was established in April 2009 as a result of the Review of Public Administration. Libraries NI has the statutory responsibility for the provision of public library services in Northern Ireland. Its fun ...
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    Libraries NI, Ballymena Central Library

    The main heritage collections for County Antrim is located in Ballymena Central Library. The library is part of Libraries NI. The Northern Ireland Library Authority (Libraries NI) was established in April 2009 as a result of the Review of Public Administration. Libraries NI has the statutory respons ...
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    Libraries NI, Ballymoney Library

    This is a branch library of Libraries NI, based in Ballymoney. The Northern Ireland Library Authority (Libraries NI) was established in April 2009 as a result of the Review of Public Administration. Libraries NI has the statutory responsibility for the provision of public library services in Norther ...
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    Libraries NI, Belfast Central Library

    Belfast Central Library was opened in October 1888 by the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, the Marquis of Londonderry. The building was designed by the eminent architect W. H. Lynn. The Newsroon (newspaper reading room) was the first part of the Library to be opened to the public, this was followed a mon ...
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    Libraries NI, Carrickfergus Library

    Carrickfergus Library was opened in 1978 and is located near Carrickfergus Castle. It was formerly a part of the North Eastern Education and Library Board. The Northern Ireland Library Authority (Libraries NI) was established in April 2009 as a result of the Review of Public Administration. Librarie ...
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    Libraries NI, Derry Central Library

    Brooke Park Library opened in the early 1900s and remained the main library in the city until June 1973 when it was burnt down. A large percentage of the significant and valuable collection of local history material was lost in the fire. By this time the Library was run by the City's Corporation and ...
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    Libraries NI, Enniskillen Library

    It was under the auspices of the Carnegie Trust that Fermanagh's first County Library movement was set up in late 1924 and early 1925. In 1932 a purpose-built Carnegie Library was opened in Fermanagh. The Western Education & Library Board assumed responsibility for Fermanagh County Library Service i ...
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    Libraries NI, Irish and Local Studies Library, Armagh

    The Irish and Local Studies Library, Armagh, houses the County Armagh Heritage collection. It is located in the Old Armagh City Hospital building in Abbey Street. The library is part of Libraries NI. The Northern Ireland Library Authority (Libraries NI) was established in April 2009 as a result of t ...
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    Libraries NI, Omagh Library

    Tyrone County Library was founded in 1928. The Western Education & Library Board assumed responsibility for it in 1973 and it is now known as Omagh Public Library. The Library Service in the Western Board's area operates via 16 branch libraries, 9 public and three specialist mobile libraries. The li ...
  • Linen Hall Library

    Linen Hall Library

    The Belfast Library and Society for Promoting Knowledge is the official title of the institution more commonly known as the Linen Hall Library. It is the oldest library in Ireland. It developed from the Belfast Reading Society which was founded in 1788. The Library has always enjoyed a central role ...
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    Mayo County Library

    Mayo was one of the earliest counties to exercise the power conferred by the Local Government Act 1925 to adopt a county library scheme. The first County Librarian, Ms Bridget Redmond was appointed in November 1925 on a three year contract to establish the new Mayo County Library. Mayo benefited fro ...
  • National Library of Ireland

    National Library of Ireland

    The National Library of Ireland was established by the Dublin Science and Art Museum Act, 1877. In 2005, the National Library of Ireland was established as an autonomous cultural institution under the National Cultural Institutions Act, 1997. \nThe mission of the Library is to collect, preserve and ...
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    National Museums NI, Ulster American Folk Park

    The Centre for Migration Studies developed from the research library for the Ulster American Folk Park. This was in existence from 1980 approx. In 1990 the WELB on behalf of the 5 Education & Library Boards took over the running of the Library and appointed a Librarian (Christine McIvor) & Database ...
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    National Museums NI, Ulster Folk & Transport Museum

    The Ulster Folk & Transport Museum was officially established following the formal amalgamation of the Ulster Folk Museum and the transport section of the former Belfast Municipal Museum (later the Ulster Museum) in 1973, although the two had been operating together since 1967. Opening up to the pub ...
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    National Museums NI, Ulster Museum

    Situated in the beautiful Botanic Gardens, Belfast, the Ulster Museum is unique in Northern Ireland for its range of art, history and science collections and displays. It was officially established in 1929 as the Belfast Municipal Museum and Art Gallery on the opening of the museum building in that ...
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    Newry and Mourne Museum

    Newry and Mourne Museum was established in 1986 and aims to provide a dynamic and inclusive recreational and educational resource reflecting the rich cultural heritage of the local area. The museum's diverse collections currently include material relating to prehistory; Newry's Cistercian foundation ...
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    NI Assembly Library

    The Northern Ireland Assembly Library has existed since 1921 to serve Members and staff of the Northern Ireland Parliament (Assembly since 1973). During periods of Direct Rule it has also acted as a reference library for Government Departments.
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    NI Council for Voluntary Action

    NICVA is the umbrella body for community and voluntary groups in Northern Ireland. Established in 1938 as the NI Council of Social Services, the name was changed in the mid 1980s. NICVA provides its 1000+ members with information, advice and traning on a wide range of issues. NICVA adopts a communit ...
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    Northern Ireland Environment Agency: Built Heritage

    EHS: Built Heritage forms an integral part of the Environment and Heritage Service for Northern Ireland, a government agency of the Department of the Environment for Northern Ireland. It aims to identify, record and protect the built, buried and underwater remains of human activity from prehistoric ...
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    Northern Ireland Life & Times Survey

    Northern Ireland Life & Times Survey is a joint project between Queen's University Belfast and University of Ulster. This annual survey began in 1998, and has its roots in the Northern Ireland Social Attitudes Survey which ran from 1989 to 1996. Life & Times is a constitutent part of ARK - Northern ...
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    Northern Ireland Place-Name Project

    The Northern Ireland Place-Name Project was established in the Department of Irish and Celtic Studies in the School of Languages, Literatures and Arts at Queen's University Belfast with government funding in 1987 to research the names of physical features and settlements on the Ordnance Survey 1:50, ...
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    Northern Ireland Publications Resource

    NIPR established a repository in Northern Ireland for all Northern Ireland publications in October 2000. Before NIPR was established no single institution in Northern Ireland was responsible for collecting and cataloguing titles published in Northern Ireland. NIPR was set up with funding from the Br ...
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    Online Research Bank

    ORB was established in 2000 under the auspices of ARK (Northern Ireland Social and Political Archive) and is a joint initiative between Queen's University Belfast and the University of Ulster. The aim of ORB is to provide summary information on key topics of interest in the Social Policy field in No ...
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    Presbyterian Historical Society of Ireland

    The Presbyterian Historical Society of Ireland was founded in 1907. It has a current membership of about 400 people. The Society organises a programme of lectures and offers an annual field trip and occasional visits to places of interest. A library and archive are maintained at 26 College Green for ...
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    Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI)

    The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) is theofficial place of deposit for all public records in Northern Ireland and was established by Act of Parliament following the creation of Northern Ireland in 1921. PRONI is also the main repository in Northern Ireland for private records.
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    Queen's University Belfast, Medical and HSC Library

    Queen's Medical and HSC Library provides a service to staff and students of the University, particularly those in the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences. It also provides a service for Health and Social Care (HSC) staff throughout Northern Ireland. Information and resources for HSC staff ...
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    Queen's University Belfast, Special Collections

    The Library at Queen’s was established in 1849 following the foundation of the original college in 1845. Based initially in the Great Hall, and, from 1869, in its own separate accomodation, the Library catered to the needs of all students enrolled in the college before future growth and expansion di ...
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    Queen's University Belfast, The McClay Library

    The Library at Queen’s was established in 1849 following the foundation of the original college in 1845. Based initially in the Great Hall, and, from 1869, in its own separate accommodation, the Library catered to the needs of all students enrolled in the college before future growth and expansion d ...
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    Queen's University Belfast, University Archive

    The Queen’s University Archive is the institutional archive of the Queen’s University of Belfast, the arrangement of the archive collection reflects the history and functions of Queen’s. The Queen’s University of Belfast was established in 1845 as Queen’s College Belfast, it was one of three Queen’s ...
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    Religious Society of Friends in Ireland

    The Religious Society of Friends in Ireland, recognised as a denomination within the Christian faith, has about seventy members in its Lisburn Meeting. "Quaker" is a nickname given to Friends, more than 300 years ago, by which they are sometimes best known today. Central to the life of Friends in Li ...
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    Royal Irish Academy

    An all-Ireland institution, the RIA was founded in 1785 as a learned society for the promotion of the sciences and the humanities in Ireland. See http://www.ria.ie
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    Royal Irish Academy of Music

    http://www.riam.ie/about-us/history/ See also: Pine, R. & Acton C. To talent alone: the Royal Irish Academy of Music, 1848 –1998 (Dublin, 1998)
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    Royal Ulster Rifles Museum

    The Regiment dates back to the reign of George III, when in 1793 to meet the commitments of war with France, the 83rd and the 86th Regiments of Foot were raised. At about the same time Regiments of Militia were raised in counties Antrim, Down and Louth. All were eventually to be part of The Royal Ir ...
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    Save the Children (NI)

    At the end of the First World War a group of volunteers in the UK spoke out against injustice to children in Germany and Austria. They believed that these children were being punished for their leaders' part in the First World War. As a result of an economic blockade imposed after the war to starve ...
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    South Dublin Libraries, County Library

    South Dublin Libraries has 7 Branch Libraries, 5 full-time and 2 part-time, at Ballyroan, Castletymon, Clondalkin, Tallaght (County Library), Lucan, Stewarts Hospital and Whitechurch. There are also 4 Mobile Libraries.
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    St Mary's University College

    St Mary's University College is an independent Catholic institution linked academically to the Queen's University of Belfast, which validates its degrees, and the Department of Education for Northern Ireland. The College has been at the forefront of Teacher Education in Northern Ireland since 1900. ...
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    Stranmillis University College

    Stranmillis University College is located in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Stranmillis College was founded in 1922 to provide state-funded teacher training in the northern portion of the then recently partitioned island. Until then most teachers in Ulster schools had been trained in Dublin. The new Nor ...
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    Trinity College Dublin, James Ussher Library

    Open in 2002, the Ussher Library was designed by the partnership of McCullough Mulvin and Keane Murphy Duff. It is named for Archbishop James Ussher (1550-1658), one of the first alumni of the College, a Professor of Divinity and a Fellow.
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    Union Theological College, The Gamble Library

    Union Theological College is Northern Ireland's premier theological college with a long tradition of academic excellence and of commitment to the ministry and mission of the Church. Today's vibrant student community includes men and women from all the main traditions from home and overseas. Courses ...
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    University College Cork, Boole Library

    UCC’s Library collections of books and manuscripts have been built up since the opening of the University in 1849. The Boole Library opened in September 1983, named after George Boole (1815-1864) who was the first Professor of Mathematics at Queen's College, Cork (now UCC) (1849-1854). An extension ...
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    University College Dublin

    UCD is a constituent body of the NUI. The origins of UCD date back to the formation of the Catholic University Of Ireland by Cardinal John Henry Newman in 1854. The Catholic University later became known as UCD and was run under the umbrella of the Royal University of Ireland, which later became the ...
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    University of Kansas, Kenneth Spencer Research Library

    Kenneth Spencer Research Library is the rare books, manuscripts, and archives library of the University of Kansas. The library is home to Special Collections (established in 1953), the Kansas Collection (founded before the turn of the century by the university's first librarian, Carrie Watson), and ...
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    University of Notre Dame, Hesburgh Libraries

    Founded in 1842 by a priest of the Congregation of Holy Cross , Notre Dame is an independent, national Catholic research university located adjacent to the city of South Bend, Indiana, in a metropolitan area of more than 300,000 residents approximately 90 miles east of Chicago. The University is org ...