We’ve added a small addition to the Irish Left Archive website in the form of pulling out some interesting events relevant to the Left and the materials in the collection for specific dates. You’ll see these on the homepage when there are relevant ones to show, and they link through to a list of events from that date, along with documents published and subject headings – i.e. elections, referendums etc.
The date is probably often the least important detail, but it’s a way to draw out some interesting articles and bits and pieces that might be otherwise missed in the materials.
You won’t see it very often at the moment! There are 366 days, and not so many entries… but we’ll add to it over time, and if anyone has suggestions for events to add that have some relevant material on the website, let us know.
Today (18th July), for example, marks the date of a Garda baton-charge against hunger-strike demonstrators outside the British Embassy in 1981, in which several were injured; and of the start of the Dunnes Stores anti-apartheid strike in the Henry Street shop in 1984.
Expanded Socialist Worker Archive
The online archive of Socialist Worker has been expanded again to bring it almost to the contemporary. It now ranges from the first issue of The Worker in 1972 up to Socialist Worker issue 400 in 2017.
It includes 375 issues of the paper, with fairly complete coverage from the early 1990s onwards. It’s a great resource (and well done to the patient person who did all that scanning…!)
A significant number of scanned newspapers from the 1993 to 1999 period have been uploaded, almost all the Socialist Workers published at that time. There’s also a smaller number of pre-1993 papers now online too.
What is notable is how direct and visually well constructed the publication has been across the years.
A very useful addition to online archives of left political material available.
Some of the documents added to the Left Archive in 2021
From the ILA twitter account a list of documents absent from the Archive as well as organisations and campaigns now represented.
New Left Archive Collection: The British Left on Ireland
We’ve added a new collection on the Irish Left Archive site to bring together the documents from the British Left on Ireland. Over the years the archive has added documents from a wide range of British Left organisations and this collection groups them within broad Left trends: British Labour Party (and related groups), Trotskyist groups, Communist Party of Great Britain (and related groups), other communist organisations, Maoists and Socialist Party of Great Britain.
We’ll be talking to activists, writers, historians, politicians and others involved in the Left about the experience of being involved in building and participating in left groups and campaigns, producing political periodicals and documents, and the history and development of progressive politics in Ireland.
We’ve recently added subject headings into the Irish Left Archive website to try and make it easier to find documents on a particular topic. They’re still a bit limited, but we plan to build them up over time.
On individual items in the archive, subjects are listed near the top, along with the organisation, year of publication, and so on. You’ll also see a ‘Suggest a Subject’ button, which you can use to suggest a subject heading – existing or new – that should be included on a particular document.
Hopefully this will make the archive materials easier to find. As ever, feedback, corrections and suggestions are always welcome.