Pupils first to engage with new theatre innovation


Pupils from the Christian Brothers and Loreto Grammar School in Omagh were amongst the very first to engage with an important new resource about theatre and the performing arts in Northern Ireland.
Drama students from the schools had the chance to use an impressive new digital archive produced through a partnership between Ulster Bank and the Linen Hall Library, supported by Arts and Business.
An expert from the library brought the archive to the school and provided a workshop for the pupils, including an interactive talk about the history and content of the Theatre and Performing Arts Archive, and a demonstration of the online resource.
Containing ‘treasures’ dating back to the 1700s, the archive includes some of the North’s most prized theatre materials.
Some of the original manuscripts, documents and artefacts were also shown to pupils during the session.
The Omagh pupils were among 12 schools to benefit from one of the workshops, which are intended to support them in their studies for GCSE drama.
Support from Ulster Bank enabled the creation of the resource which has allowed some of Northern Ireland’s most prized theatre materials to be made available in digital format for the first time in a project to create a unique learning resource for schools, universities, the arts sector and the general public, and to widen access to the important materials.
John Killen the Linen Hall Library librarian said, “The digitisation of our Theatre and Performance Arts Archive marks a major milestone in our plan to make the Linen Hall Library’s collections available to the widest possible audience,” he continued.
“We are delighted to have the support of both Ulster Bank and Arts and Business Northern Ireland to help us bring this archive to life for people and communities not just in Northern Ireland but across the world.”


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