December 17, 2017

Amazing Before and After Photos Roughly a Century That Show What Has (and Hasn’t) Changed in Ireland

The Lawrence Collection in the National Library of Ireland consists of about 40,000 glass plate photographic negatives of Irish scenes dating from the period 1870 to 1910. The Lawrence Photographic Project was a nationwide endeavor coordinated in 1990/1991 by the Federation of Local History Societies and the Federation for Ulster Local Studies, where a thousand scenes from the Lawrence Collection were replicated approximately one hundred years later by a team of 77 volunteer photographers, thereby creating a modern collection to complement the Lawrence Collection.


The objective was to facilitate the future study of the changing topography of cities, towns and rural areas throughout Ireland by recording on film the constant changes in the physical environment. Scenes were selected based on perceived significance, variety of subject (with an emphasis on street scenes) and geographical spread. As well as placing a full set of prints (the Lawrence and the new) with the National Library of Ireland and the Ulster Museum, the Federation of Local History Societies and the Federation For Ulster Local Studies also distributed a set of prints relating to scenes within each county in the Republic of Ireland to the corresponding county library.

Waterfoot, Co. Antrim, circa 1890

Waterfoot, Co. Antrim, 1990

Middle Row, Lurgan, Co. Armagh, circa 1879

Middle Row, Lurgan, Co. Armagh, 1990

Market Square, Bagenalstown, Co. Carlow, circa 1900

Market Square, Bagenalstown, Co. Carlow, 1991

Main Street, Belturbet, Co. Cavan, circa 1899

Main Street, Belturbet, Co. Cavan, 1990

Stella Maris Hotel, Kilkee, Co. Clare, circa 1890

Stella Maris Hotel, Kilkee, Co. Clare, 1990

Ballyhooly, Co. Cork, 1880

Ballyhooly, Co. Cork, 1991

Marconi Wireless Telegraph Station, Malin Head, Co. Donegal, January 1902

Marconi Wireless Telegraph Station, Malin Head, Co. Donegal, 1990

Egyptian Arch, Newry, Co. Down, circa 1905

Egyptian Arch, Newry, Co. Down, circa 1990

Trinity College Dublin, circa 1900

Trinity College Dublin, 1990

Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, circa 1890

Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, 1990

St. Nicholas' Church, Galway, circa 1890

St. Nicholas' Church, Galway, 1990

The Strand, Ballinskelligs, Kerry, circa 1900

The Strand, Ballinskelligs, Kerry, 1990

Castletown House, Kildare, circa 1890

Castletown House, Kildare, 1990

Court House, Kilkenny, 1908

Court House, Kilkenny, 1990

The Square, Rathdowney, Co. Laois, circa 1900

The Square, Rathdowney, Co. Laois, 1990

Tea House, Glencar, Co. Leitrim, circa 1890

Tea House, Glencar, Co. Leitrim, 1990

Sawmill, Foynes, Co.Limerick, circa 1890

Sawmill, Foynes, Co.Limerick, circa 1990

Diamond, Coleraine, circa 1890

Diamond, Coleraine, circa 1990





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