Tuam Oral History Project

The key aims of the Tuam Oral History Project are to record, archive and explore in different forms the life stories of survivors of the institution.

Survivor Stories

Oral history testimonies and virtual exhibition.

This sections contains the virtual exhibition and links to the oral history testimonies contained on the James Hardiman Library's digital archive

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About the Project

The key aims and objectives of the project.

The key aim of the Tuam Oral History Project is to enable the survivors of the Tuam institution and their families to tell their own life stories, in the way that they want them to be told. In that regard, members of the project team will record and archive the histories and life stories of survivors and their families, as well as the memories of others connected in any way with the institution or with those who spent time there.  

The project will: 

  1. Permanently preserve and maintain the recorded recollections of individuals in the Hardiman Library in NUI Galway along with relevant personal documents.  
  2. Provide access to this material for historical research/ print or online publication/ lectures/ education programmes and other legitimate academic purposes. Interviewees themselves will determine whether to make their testimonies available immediately or at some point in the future. 
  3. To work with survivors to provide an artistic response to their stories.

Podcasts

'Other: Stories from the Tuam Mother and Baby Home' shares the stories of survivors Teresa O’Sullivan, Peter Mulryan and Christine Carroll in three episodes, as they describe the impact on their lives of being born in the institution.

Narrated by Actor and Patron of the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre at NUI Galway, Cillian Murphy.

Find out more about the podcasts, or listen now via Soundcloud, Spotify or Stitcher

 


Survivor Stories

Survivor Stories

An exhibition of images and biographies of ten survivors who are participating in the project, with oral history testimonies, both written and audio.

Survivor Stories

About the Project

About the Project

The primary aim of the project is to document and archive the survivors’ life stories. A second aim is to use drama and creative writing to explore these stories.

About the Project

Podcasts

Podcasts

Over three episodes, 'Other: Stories from the Tuam Mother and Baby Home' shares the stories of survivors Teresa O’Sullivan, Peter Mulryan and Christine Carroll as they describe the impact on their lives of being born in the institution.

Podcasts