The photos in this set were captured by the photographer R. Welch between 1888 and 1914. They make up two albums containing over 120 photographic prints that can be viewed in the PRONI reading rooms (order out using references D1403/1 and D1403/2). The albums contain images taken throughout Northern Ireland - capturing both city and country life over one hundred years ago. We hope you will find them as fascinating and captivating as we do!
The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) is the official archive for Northern Ireland. It aims to identify and preserve records of historical, social and cultural importance and make them available for the information, education and enjoyment of the public.
PRONI is the official place of deposit for public records in Northern Ireland. In addition, it collects a wide range of archives from private sources. PRONI also advises on and promotes best practice in archive and records management to ensure that today’s records will be available for future generations.
Located in Belfast, PRONI is a government organisation founded in 1923 (shortly after the partition of Ireland). It now operates as part of the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL) within the Northern Ireland Civil Service (NICS).