The Abbey Theatre Archive


Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn TD has opened the Hardiman Research Building for research in the humanities and social sciences. The Hardiman Research Building is situated at the heart of NUI Galway’s campus, adjacent to the James Hardiman Library. It is now home to NUI Galway’s unique collection of more than 350 literary, theatrical, political and historical archives, the Hardiman Research Building will house the digitised Abbey Theatre Archive, the world’s largest digital theatre archive, in development since 2012.


Performing Ireland 1904-2014

An exhibition of the digital Abbey Theatre Archive has opened to the public for the first time to mark the launch of the Hardiman Research Building. The ‘Performing Ireland’ exhibition features a taste of the more than 1 million items that comprise the Abbey Theatre Archive, dating from 1894. 

The ‘Performing Ireland 1904-2014’ exhibition to mark the opening of the Hardiman Research Building and the NUI Galway Psychology building is open to the public in the foyer of the Hardiman Research Building and will run until October. Further details available here 

Senator Fiach Mac Conghail, Director of the Abbey Theatre said: “In our 110th anniversary year, it is a great occasion to showcase publicly the first digitised items from the Abbey Theatre archive.  In partnership with NUI Galway, the Abbey Theatre is undertaking the largest digital theatre project ever to preserve over 1 million items in our archive for future generations. This digitised archive when completed will be a major resource for Irish theatre and assist scholars and historians to document the history of the Abbey Theatre in greater detail. It will also inspire the next generation of theatre makers.”