Survey of hospital archives in Ireland


  • National Archives of Ireland

Project summary

This project was to assess the preservation needs of all hospital and public health archives in Ireland. The vulnerability of archives that contain irreplaceable social, political and medical material has been highlighted in recent decades by the closure of psychiatric hospitals. Hospitals in Ireland have no obligation to transfer records to archival institutions. As a result, many hospital archives are vulnerable to loss or damage. There are also no defined rules about research access.