James Osborne Archivist

“The Strokestown Archive is one of the largest collections of famine documents in the world …most of these documents have not seen the light of day since they were generated almost 170 years ago’”. Dr Ciaran Reilly, Maynooth University, Ireland.

The compelling Strokestown Famine Archive was discovered by chance by Jim Callery in 1979 and led to the establishment of the National Famine Museum at Strokestown which has become a centre for international study.  Containing over 55,000 documents in relation to the Great Irish Famine of the 1840s, it is a complete record of economic, social and estate history over a 300-year period. An international advisory committee is guiding our work and the Strokestown Archive is now secure with part of it conserved and catalogued.

Realising the full potential of this unique asset at Strokestown Park requires full-time professional attention. The James Osborne Archivist role was established in memory of the late James Osborne who served as Chairman of the Irish Heritage Trust from 2011 to 2017.  We have started the recruitment process so we can to start examining these records to uncover the history, identify key themes and unlock the multiple stories contained within these documents. We have a philanthropic offer and are now looking to match this funding so we can publicly share this extensive piece of Irish history for everyone to enjoy and learn from.

If you wish to contribute to this project, please contact us or click on the Donate link below.