Archiving the 8th is a research and networking project that emerged in the immediate aftermath of the referendum on the 8th amendment of the Irish Constitution on 25 May 2018, which overturned the constitutional ban on abortion in Ireland. Its ambition is to support and coordinate nationwide efforts to archive, collect, and research the referendum, and related issues concerning women’s reproductive health and rights.

Materials currently being collected and used by our network includes campaign organisation records, political ephemera, websites/digital material, visual/material culture, and oral histories. We are a non-partisan and voluntary network with open membership, and currently comprise more than 50 academic, archivist, and activist members, led by a steering group.

Our committee is currently working on a number of public resources which will be rolled out in the coming months. Our aims include:

  • to provide online resourcse consolidating information on who is collecting the 8th
  • to develop protocols and guides for material conservation/donation, and ‘rapid response’ collecting
  • to offer guides for undertaking oral histories related to the 8th
  • to provide advice and recommendations for individuals wishing to donate material
  • to identify potential gaps or opportunities in collecting
  • to support networking of individuals nationally and internationally engaged in archiving and/or researching the 8th
  • to develop a dynamic research bibliography
  • to organise academic and research events related to the 8th amendment and associated archiving/collecting activity

Feel free to get in touch with any queries you may have about the network, or to be added to our mailing list or researcher database.

Dr Emily Mark-FitzGerald, Network Coordinator
Associate Professor
School of Art History and Cultural Policy
University College Dublin
email me directly

p.s. if you’re active over on Twitter, please use the hashtag #archivingthe8th to make sharing easier and increase visibility.