Archives into Art

Cruinniú na nÓg, 13th June 2020

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Archives into Art

Archives into Art invites young artists to bring their curiosity, explore and investigate fascinating archival pieces with artist Miriam Fox. They will delve into a selection of archives, be inspired and create an exciting link with journeys, places or people. Young artists will interweave history with the modern day and reinterpret the past in a wonderful new artwork, bringing the history of our county alive.


Do you want to create new artwork using archival pieces for inspiration?


Explore the images of archival documents further below, before selecting one or more to use for creative inspiration on your new artwork. You may be best viewing it on a laptop or computer. A recording of a local artist, Miriam Fox, talking about how the archives can be used for artistic inspiration will also be made available (shown on our TV show set up for the day) during Cruinniú na nÓg on 13th June.

Once you have a piece selected, we would love you to create your new artwork and if possible, using the theme ‘From Routes to Roots’. This theme is open to your own interpretation. You should transform your chosen archive by creating your own story in a new work of visual art. You should complete your new artwork at home and you can use whatever art materials or mediums you wish; it can simply be pencils, markers and paints you happen to have at home, or you can even recycle household packaging if you wish.

During Cruinniú na nÓg, which takes place on 13th June from 11am, you can submit a photograph of your new artwork and briefly explain the story of how the archival piece links with your new artwork or how it links history with the modern day.  Submit this to Creative Ireland Louth's Facebook page: or send a tweet to @creativeirl or @louthcoco. Remember to use the hashtags #CreativeIreland and #InThisTogether at all times. We hope that you will be able to make archives come alive through your new work!

You can tune in online on the 13th June. Details will be available on the link:

Selection of Archival Images

1. Post Office plan, 1890, Reference DUDC/PLA/001/028/016

Plan for new post office in Dundalk at Clanbrassil Street, submitted by the Board of Public Works to Dundalk Town Commissioners for approval, 1890.

Post Office Plan

2. Photograph of a tricycle race in Crowe Street, Dundalk, 1957, Reference P/311

Photograph taken by Brian Clarke. The courthouse and the Town Hall are in the background. 

                                         Tricycle Race

3. Prison autograph book, 1918, Reference PP00011/005

Prison autograph book compiled by Patrick (Packie) Flynn, Quay Street, Dundalk, who was a prisoner in Dundalk Jail during 1918. The autograph book contains the comments and signatures of over fifty-four prisoners from various parts of Ireland, who were all undergoing sentence in Dundalk Jail. County Louth prisoners included in the book are: James Toal, Vincent Hughes, and Patrick J Flynn. The caption below the drawing on the left reads: ‘Paddy Flynn the handball Champion scoring at Dundalk Jail Alley’.

                         Autograph Book 1   

                                                                       Autograph Book

4. Part of the survey of Ardee, 1677,Reference AC/MPD/001

‘The Commons of Atherdee survey’ by Richard Richardson in 1677. The upper half (shown in image) illustrates the district of Ardee, while the lower half (not shown) provides information on the landholdings and outlines the ‘commons’ or property of the Corporation at the time. The map was created in the context of the aftermath of the Cromwellian conquest of 1649-52 whereupon many changes in landownership took place. Many acres surrounding Ardee had been acquired by former soldiers and it was some of these who commissioned the map.

                                                                      Ardee Survey 2