Photographs as historical sources

Published in Hedge School Recordings, Podcasts, Uncategorized

Are historians visually illiterate? Does colourisation bring old photographs to life or is it just a passing fad? ‘Coffee-table’ history books—good or bad? In conjunction with the ongoing People & Places: Ireland in the 19th & 20th centuries exhibition at the National Photographic Archive, these are some of the questions that will be posed by editor, Tommy Graham, to Donal Fallon (historian, writer and broadcaster), Emily Mark Fitzgerald (UCD), and Sara Smyth (exhibition curator, National Library of Ireland).

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This Hedge School is supported by the National Library of Ireland. (Recorded at the National Photographic Archive, Temple Bar on the 31 May 2023)


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