Photo Album of Donegal – Selected works

Donegal County Museum,
High Road, Letterkenny, County Donegal 

On show: First Floor Meeting Room 11 May – 30 June 2018

Roulston family


Photo albums give a fascinating insight into our private histories. They reveal details about how people lived and worked that official historical records often overlook. The project looks at the role photography plays in constructing and commemorating our histories – viewed from the perspective of private individuals and families.

Gallery of Photography Ireland have worked with Donegal County Museum to record family histories reflected in private family photo collections from County Donegal families. The project actively seeks to represent a diverse cross section of communities and experiences. This emerging, democratic archive explores themes of identity, changing social conditions, emigration and effects of conflict – preserving this important cultural material for future generations.

This exhibition features a small selection of images from the photo album collections of the Law, Scott and Roulston families from County Donegal.  The archive is continuing to build. The work of the archive is shared online and through a programme of touring exhibitions and outdoor projections. We are currently working with families in Counties Monaghan. With thanks to the research team who include: Niamh Crowley, Brendan Maher, Deirdre McGing, Emma McGuire, Meave O’Neill and Aisling George.

Thanks to the contributing families in particular Robin Law, Hilary Roulston and Dermot Scott.

About Donegal County Museum
Donegal County Museum is based in a fine old stone building on High Road. it was once part of the Workhouse which opened in 1845. The Museum hols a substantial collection of artefacts relating to the history and heritage of County Donegal. The first floor tells the story of Donegal from prehistory to the Twentieth Century. An event and education programme runs throughout the year.

Temporary exhibitions are held on the ground floor. The Photo Album of Donegal – selected works installation is on the first floor – in the Meeting Room space. Admission is free.
T. +3535 74 9124613, E.

Opening hours:
Monday – Friday       10.00am – 4.30pm
Saturday                         1.00pm – 4.30pm
Closed for lunch           12.30pm – 1.00pm