The Waterford Memories Project is a survivor centred, collaborative project in digital humanities. The ongoing project captures and examines the oral histories of those who lived and worked within the system of coercive confinement (including Magdalene Laundries and Industrial Schools) located in the South-East of Ireland.
The project is run by a small group of academics based at the South East Technological University (SETU) located in Waterford, Ireland. The College Street Campus of SETU was purchased in 1994, and is the former site of a convent, Magdalene Laundry and Industrial School.
Gathering and analysing oral histories and archival data are essential to documenting our cultural heritage by providing a voice to those held in these institutions and locating these stories within a larger social and historical narrative.
Primarily, the project aims to respond to survivors' wishes about how we should remember and respond to coercive confinement in Ireland by creating educational supports for a wide range of audiences from local schools to academic scholars and the general public.
All of the materials are freely available to scholars and members of the public.