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Abbey Theatre Digital Archive @ NUI Galway, the largest ever theatre archive digitisation project worldwide

NUI Galway has digitised the archive of the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, Ireland’s national theatre, as a result of a partnership between the two organisations to preserve and widen access to a major cultural heritage collection. This is the largest ever theatre archive digitisation project worldwide and the digital archive contains almost a million pages in addition to substantial audio and video content.

The archive features papers relating to all four of Ireland’s Nobel Prize Winners for Literature: W.B. Yeats, G.B. Shaw, Samuel Beckett and Seamus Heaney. It also features original material pertaining to such major writers as James Joyce, Eugene O’Neill and Sam Shepard,  while also preserving material about the current generation of Irish playwrights, such as Brian Friel, Thomas Kilroy and Marina Carr.

The Abbey Theatre Digital Archive @ NUI Galway preserves this legacy for future generations, and allows for much greater access than before. The initial available content includes programmes, scripts, scrap books, log books, prompt scripts, set designs, administrative and production files, with photographs, audio, video, posters and handbills to follow.  A wide range of search, browse and filter options enables access to documents on specific topics.

The digital archive is accessible at the Archives Reading Room in the Hardiman Research Building at NUI Galway. Please call to the Reading Room, email or call + 353 91 493476.  You can also view the demo system here

Annual project reports have been published for 20132014 and 2015.


Kieran Hoare

Hoare, Kieran

Tel: +353 91493636

This is a photo of Barry Houlihan

Houlihan, Barry

Tel: +353 91493353

Keane, Aisling

Digital Archivist
Tel: +353 91494486