‘Shooting the Visible Army’: Using Dublin Archives to think about the Irish Civil War through a different lens

Very interesting stuff!!

British Association for Irish Studies

‘Shooting the Visible Army’: Using Dublin Archives to think about the Irish Civil War through a different lens

Tim Ellis (Teesside) discusses his trip to military and state archives across Dublin.

‘the tracking down of raiders, looking after suspects and the other multifarious duties of Oriel house made it necessary to have the best and quickest photographic apparatus…’

(Letter from the Department of Finance, 24 March, 1923. National Archives of Ireland FIN/1/27/47).

This summer, I was very fortunate (thanks to the generous bursary offered to me by the British Association for Irish Studies) to spend several weeks researching the significance of visual culture, specifically photography, in the Irish Civil War. This will form the subject of the first chapter of my PhD, which examines the broader role of visual culture in the politics of Interwar Ireland. I wanted to examine two particular themes a) the extent to which contemporary politicians…

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