Public Record Office of Northern Ireland

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PRONI holds a diverse range of archives from official and private sources, including church and school registers, court records, wills, land valuation and landed estate records.

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Opening hours

09:00 - 16:45 Mon-Wed and Fri
10:00 - 20:45 Thurs

Admission charges

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Collection details

Archives, Industry, Law and Order, Personalities, Religion, Social History, Trade and Commerce

Key artists and exhibits

  • Presbyterian Church Records
  • Church of Ireland Records
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Explore Your Archives

Explore Your Archive - Storytelling from Conflict

  • 21 November 2017 1:30-4:30pm *on now

The PMA Collection is made up of 175 filmed walk-and-talk recordings with those who had a connection with Armagh Gaol and the Maze and Long Kesh Prison during the conflict in and about Northern Ireland. The PMA features recordings of a range of participants including prison staff, prisoners, relatives, teachers, chaplains, lawyers, doctors, probation officers and maintenance workers. These recordings capture how everyday life was impacted by the conflict and builds a rich tapestry of the story of the prisons. Alongside the participant recordings the PMA Collection also includes photographs, paper documents and site footage.

A panel of speakers will present what inclusivity means to them within the frame of the PMA Collection.

This event is part of the Being Human festival, led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London, in partnership with the Arts & Humanities Research Council and the British Academy. For further information please see




Archives Explored

Explore Your Archive - Everyday life in the Irish Borderlands in the early 20th century

  • 22 November 2017 1-2pm

The meaning of the Irish border, as a symbol of division of the Ireland is emotive for many who inhabit the island, and indeed for many who do not. But for those who lived in its vicinity when partition separated north and south in the 1920s, the political boundary had a very different meaning, as they dealt with the practical impacts it had on their everyday lives.

Drawing on research from PRONI’s archives, amongst other sources, we will hear about the ordinary efforts of dealing with the border in some of the many guises it presented itself:

• as a territorial frontier
• as a trade barrier
• as a smuggling route
• dividing services
• challenging cultural connections

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • Family friendly



From the Medieval to the Modern

  • 30 November 2017 1-2pm

The 500th anniversary of Reformation has provided an opportunity for PRONI and Libraries NI to build on existing partnership work and showcase early archives and books together.

This exhibition comprises archives and fine books, dating from the medieval period through to the late 19th century. It centres on the documents themselves, each offering their own distinct perspectives, enabling us to explore the reformation period and its legacy.

The exhibition will be on display at PRONI from 30th November to 15th December 2017 and will tour libraries from December 2017. To find out more about the exhibition and where it will be in the forthcoming months, follow PRONI on Facebook(external link opens in a new window / tab).

CR1/35/J/1: Extract from the notebook of Reverend Thomas Haslam, curate of St Thomas’ Church, Lisburn, 1680, including notes on prayer, grace, and other theological topics. (Image reproduced with kind permission from Representative Church Body).


PRONI Building

UK Archive Service Accreditation – Information Seminar & Policy Writing Workshop

  • 8 December 2017 1:30am-4pm

Do you work in an archive or an organisation which holds archive material?

This half-day seminar will be a chance to find out more about the programme, its structure and content, and how to make an application. You will also find out how Accreditation can be used to support archive services even if they are not currently expecting to make an application.

The session will conclude with a participatory workshop drafting a management policy for a small archive service, which will show how clear policies can support effective working – and take the fear out of policy-writing!

13:30 Registration and introductions
13:45 Introduction to Archive Service Accreditation: the programme, the standard and how to apply
14:45 Comfort break
15:00 Policy writing workshop: 45 minutes to write a policy for a small archive service, which meets at least 6 Accreditation requirements
15:45 Questions and wrap up

Arthur Reginald

The baron and “the Dook”: the life and death of Arthur Reginald, 5th Baron De Freyne, 1879-1915

  • 14 December 2017 6:30-8pm

Dr Frances Nolan from the National Library of Ireland will talk about Arthur Reginald, 5th Baron De Freyne, an Anglo-Irish military officer of the British Army who had also served in the ranks in the United States Army. De Freyne disappeared for a time in the early 1900s, before reappearing as a soldier in the US Army. He served in the Philippines in the years after the Philippine-American war before returning home, serving as an officer in the British Army in World War One and dying in combat in 1917.


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