For much of its existence the Institute has been the recipient of bequests and donations of books and archive material, to the extent that we now have one of the most important collections of Irish Studies sources.
We hold a unique collection of Irish Studies sources:
Our collection is named after Brendan MacLua, founder of the Irish Post, the leading Irish newspaper in Britain, and our collection includes a complete hardbound run of the newspaper and related material from 1963 onward.
Other important items include the papers of Anglo-Irish Encounter, 1985-2005; the Conference of the Irish Historians in Britain (from 1976 onward); and the British Association of Irish Studies (1986 onward).
We also work with members of the regional Irish community on oral history projects that enhance our research programme.