A project is under way to digitally recreate the building and contents of the Public Record Office of Ireland, which were destroyed by an explosion and fire at Dublin’s Four Courts in 1922. The six-story Victorian building went up in flames on 30 June 1922 during the Civil War. Seven centuries of Ireland’s historical and genealogical records were lost, seemingly forever.
However, thanks to new technology, historical research and careful archival practise, Trinity College Dublin says these losses “are not irrecoverable”. The “Beyond 2022: Ireland’s Virtual Record Treasury” project will see the creation of a virtual reality reconstruction of the Public Record Office.
The completed virtual reality project will be made available on the centenary of the Four Courts fire in 2022. The project website is http://www.beyond2022.ie.
You can learn a lot more in an article by Philip Bromwell at http://bit.ly/2H3khPN. A video that explains the project is also available at the same address.