The Photo Album of the Irish

Your Photos, Your Memories, Our History

The Photo Album of Ireland is a digital archive project that celebrates the ordinary and extraordinary histories of people with Irish heritage reflected in their family photo albums. We are collecting and scanning family photographs taken as early as the 1850s to the 1990s. These personal memories reveal the details of how people lived, worked, what they wore, how they celebrated special occasions and generally what everyday life was like for Irish people and Irish diaspora throughout history. The project explores the ways in which photography takes note of larger changes in society, as private family histories are often ruptured by key events in history.

Funded by the Government of Ireland Emigrant Support Programme

Search all albums by either Family Name (e.g. ‘Courtney’), Location (e.g. ‘Vancouver’) or a specific search phrase (e.g. ‘Waldorf Astoria Hotel’)