Opening a Window to the Past

by Dr Rachel Murphy, Associate Teacher in the Department of History



The University of Limerick’s Special Collections and Archives department is delighted to launch a new online research guide: Opening a Window to the Past.

The resource centres on digitised versions of three diaries held in the University of Limerick’s archives.

Opening a Window to the Past is designed to assist students and researchers at all levels with their research. Five lessons have been created which provide practical tips on visiting the archives, advice on how to approach historical research, and guidance on reading and transcribing archival sources. There is even a game to test your transcription skills!

The resource was created by Dr Kirsten Mulrennan (UL Special Collections and Archives) and Dr Rachel Murphy (Department of History).  It was funded by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education under its Strategic Alignment of Teaching and Learning Enhancement (SATLE) Fund.


P6/1769: Jess Armstrong’s diary, 1914, Armstrong Collection


Celebration giveaway

To celebrate the launch of Opening a Window to the Past we are running a giveaway on Twitter from Monday 22 May to Friday 26 May 2023.  We will give away 25 bespoke ‘Opening a Window to the Past’ notebooks – perfect for your visits to the archives!

To be in with a chance of winning a notebook, just follow UL Special Collections and Archives on Twitter (@UL_SpecColl) and retweet any of our posts that include the hashtag #OpeningAWindowToThePast. We will be posting new tweets each day to introduce you to different sections of the resource.  At the end of the week, users who have retweeted our posts will be selected at random to win one of the notebooks.



Terms and Conditions

The ‘Opening a Window to the Past’ notebook giveaway will run from Monday 22 May to Friday 26 May 2023. The promotion is free to enter. Anyone who retweets a post from UL Special Collections Twitter account (@UL_SpecColl) with the hashtag #OpeningAWindowToThePast during the promotional period will be in with a chance of winning a notebook valued at €5.

Minors, participants under the age of 18, may only participate in the giveaway with the permission of a parent/guardian.

A total of 25 notebooks are on offer, and winners will be chosen at random during the week commencing Monday 22 May. Winners will be informed via a Twitter DM. All personal data obtained in the context of the promotion (e.g. name and postal address) will be treated confidentially and in accordance with the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Notebooks will be mailed to winners within 30 days of receipt of their details; any unforeseen delays will be communicated. For further information please contact