The Waterford Memories Project is an oral history-driven project in digital humanities.  The project will capture and examine the oral histories of those who lived and worked within the Magdalene Laundries and Industrial Schools located in the South-East of Ireland.

Gathering and analysing these oral histories 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 informed by archival research. The proposed project has the potential to make a significant contribution to understandings of Irish history, and to an international understanding of these institutions.

The project has 4 core aims: 


  1. Collect and generate archival data that comes from 20th century documents and to conduct oral histories.

  2. Make this database available to scholars and members of the public (via a virtual museum housed by the Waterford Institute of Technology).

  3. To begin to assess the material in terms of how it might contribute to a public understanding of how our past affects our current cultural heritage.

  4. To create educational supports for local schools in the South East about the Good Shepherd Laundries and Industrial School, which existed in our communities.