Slip Archive of Dialect Items

Slip archive of dialect items initiated by Belfast Naturalist Field Club in 1951, continued by Museum's late curator of language, Brendan Adams, and forming the basis of the 'Concise Ulster Dictionary' (Oxford University Press, 1996). The collection is still being augmented.


Collection captures dialect items that may otherwise have been lost at a time when dialectal speech was actively discouraged in the education system. It also reflects ways of life and Ulster traditions that no longer obtain.

Physical characteristics

6 index card file drawers. Also comprised in electronic database.

Description or Catalogue

Manual card catalogue available for consultation in UFTM Library reading room. A specialised lexicographical database is also available although this requires supervision.

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Added by Ulster Folk and Transport Museum | Last updated on: 09 February 2018