Virtual Record Treasury of Ireland


The Virtual Record Treasury of Ireland has been supported by the Irish Government through the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media under Project Ireland 2040.

'while incomparable with the loss of human life, this cultural loss was one of the great tragedies of the Civil War. An all-island and international legacy project of this statute, which combines historical research, archival conservation and technical innovation, would be a lasting and meaningful legacy, democratising access to invaluable records and illuminating 7 centuries of Irish history'

Dr Maurice Manning, Chair of the Advisory Group

A Dynamic and Living Legacy for the Decade of Centenaries

Already, philanthropic support has built on the state’s investment, enabling the research to make significant leaps forward. The detailed census research, which promises to transform both social history and genealogical research, was one such step-change. 

Additional support funding allowed the incredible work on the rare and fragile ‘Salved Records’ to proceed with such impressive results. 

With the Virtual Treasury now operational, its data framework linking many thousands of digital records from across the globe, and the Salved Records ready for intensive investigation, wonderful opportunities arise for exciting fresh research.

The Virtual Record Treasury of Ireland is seeking philanthropic partners to fully realize the vision for this ground-breaking project to:

  • Expand our research in digitization and conservation to include technology-enabled analysis of the ‘salved’ records that survived the 1922 fire, literally bringing Irish history back out of the ashes
  • Enable intelligent search and discovery across multiple digital collections, through time and across national boundaries in an entirely new way, leading to significant re-evaluations of key moments in Irish history
  • Further engage a new generation of digital natives by bringing Irish history to life in experimental new ways in the VR environment 


Our supporters

Generous philanthropic support has been provided to the Virtual Record Treasury of Ireland by:

  • Anonymous Foundation
  • The Trinity Trust
  • Dublin Port Company
  • Irish Manuscripts Commission
  • Four Courts Press: Academic Book Publishers
  • Private Depositors
William J. Lowe and Pamela Lowe

William J. Lowe became Chancellor and Professor of History at Indiana University Northwest in July 2010. The urban campus serves 4,000 students and engages with the communities of the state’s most diverse and industrialized region. Dr. Lowe holds the degrees of B.A. in History from Michigan State University and Ph.D. in Modern History from Trinity College Dublin. Dr. Lowe’s research and writing is in the field of modern Irish history and he was a Fulbright Scholar (1990). His current project is on the history of the Royal Irish Constabulary (R.I.C) during the Ulster Exclusion crisis. His publications include articles Irish Historical Studies, Irish Economic and Social History, History Ireland and Éire-Ireland. Dr. Lowe’s book, The Irish in Mid-Victorian Lancashire: The Shaping of a Working Class Community, appeared in 1989. Dr. Lowe has held academic leadership positions for many years and, prior to joining Indiana University, he was Provost and Professor of History (and Interim President) at Metropolitan State University in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Dr. Lowe resides in Crown Point, Indiana with his wife Pamela.

Pamela Lowe is an accomplished development professional having more than 25 years of experience in the not-for-profit sector, with most of that time devoted to leadership roles in principal and major gift fundraising in higher education.

Currently, Pamela is responsible for fundraising for the overall research and discovery enterprise at Rosalind Franklin University (RFU), as well as supporting the scholarship and academic goals of both the College of Pharmacy and Chicago Medical School.

Prior to joining RFU, Pamela had worked in development at University of Minnesota, State University of New York at Albany, the College of Saint Rose and University of Detroit Mercy.

Pamela holds a Master of Liberal Studies degree from Indiana University Northwest and a B.A. from University of Detroit. She resides in Crown Point, Indiana with her husband, Bill.


Seán and Sarah Reynolds

Sean Reynolds is Managing Director and Portfolio Manager/Analyst with Lazard Asset Management. Sean has an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in Mathematics and BAI in Engineering from Trinity College Dublin.

Sean is a member of Trinity’s US Advisory Board and has been an active and engaged member of the Trinity community for over thirty years. Sarah Reynolds is a philanthropist and former Director of the New York Times.


Trinity Trust

The Trinity Trust was established in 1987 following the merger of the Association (est. 1928) and the Trust (est. 1955) and is governed by a committee of Trinity graduates who participate on a volunteer basis. For more information on the work of the Trinity Trust, including the Alumni Credit Card which is one of the Trust’s main sources of grant funding, please see here.


Dublin Port Company

Dublin Port Company has generously supported the conservation of 1922 Salved Records from the series of Exchequer ‘Collectors’ Accounts’ recovered from the Four Courts.


Other supporters

The Beyond 2022 team gratefully acknowledges research funding for Phase I (2016–18) from the Irish Research Council, as well as the support of the Trinity Trust, the British Embassy and many partners across Trinity College Dublin. 



To find out more about how you join our research journey please contact:

Dr Peter Crooks
Director, Beyond 2022
Department of History
Trinity College Dublin

Sinéad Pentony
Associate Director
Trinity Development and Alumni
Trinity College Dublin
T: +353 86 386 4802