Monday 20 April 2020

PRONI launches Making the Future experiment

The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland is looking for people to join its Making the Future team for an online experiment called Ordinary People - Extraordinary Times. It's aim is to help you discover more about your family's history, the lives of your ancestors and the people in your life.

It seems the kind of project genealogists would enjoy!

PRONI has designed the three-week programme to encourage conversations with the people important to you, and help you document how we, as ordinary individuals, experienced this extraordinary time.

How will the experiment work?
  • You'll receive a package in the post with helpful items to get you started
  • An online community hosted in Slack will allow you to share activities and engage in conversations with others.
  • PRONI will offer six fun activities including letter writing, family history, scrapbooking, cooking & music.
  • Activities are encouraged by all members of your family or group.

The programme will run from 23 April to 14 May and there will be two live webinars (4pm to 5:30pm) on the start and end dates.

To take part, you need to be based in Northern Ireland or the border counties. Numbers are limited so you'll need to sign up straightaway if you want to take part. You can register via eventbrite, here.

For further information, contact Laura Aguiar at

UPDATE, 2:30pm:
Well, that was quick! All the spaces for this experiment have been filled. There is, however, a 'Wait List', so if you're keen to take part, add your name... you may be lucky.