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Abbey Theatre/ NUI Galway Launch Digital Archive Partnership

25 October 2012

It is the largest digital theatre project ever undertaken, and heralds a new era of scholarship for Irish theatre internationally.  Jeanne Kelly, a Partner in Mason Hayes & Curran’s Intellectual Property team, advised the Abbey Theatre on this significant and historic project.

The Abbey archive, which contains over 1.8 million items, is one of the world’s most significant archival collections. The archival material ranges from show posters, programmes, photographs, minute books to lighting plans, set and costume designs, sound cues, prompt scripts and audio files.

Celebrating the launch, Fiach MacConghail, Director of the Abbey Theatre said: 

“It’s been a long cherished ambition of the Abbey Theatre to preserve our archive. The digitised archive will help scholars and historians to write the history of the Abbey in greater detail. The Abbey archive is a major resource for Irish theatre and will help us celebrate the unheralded artists, actors, writers who have worked at the Abbey over the years. It will also inspire the next generation of theatre makers. We are excited to partner with NUI Galway and to have arts and science disciplines come together in this way.”

This digitisation project began in September 2012 and will take place over a three to four -year period.

For more information on Mason Hayes & Curran’s Intellectual Property team, please click here.

To find out more about the Abbey Theatre, please click here.

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