Local voices is an exciting, significant and timely educational initiative for Irish schools. Through the project children learn how to become the archivists of their local community; putting its recent history and contemporary geography into a beautiful, published record.  

Local Voices allows pupils to become the researchers, interviewers and authors of their own historical book. The mini journalists undertake an examination of the recent history and contemporary geography of their locality, interview locals from their community, and transcribe these interviews for the book – adding new and historical photographs, supporting artwork and relevant newspaper clippings. As a result, pupils become deeply engaged, like never before, in their community and the end product is an archival snapshot in time. 


The idea for ‘Local Voices’ was conceived with the aim of bridging generational gaps and fostering a deeper connection to local history. Too often, the stories of communities are forgotten or overlooked, and ‘Local Voices’ seeks to change that narrative. Through this project, pupils are given the opportunity to step into the shoes of historians, exploring the rich tapestry of their community’s past. Over the course of their engagement, the children delve deeply into the make-up of their communities. They interview those in their community who can recall events over previous decades that shaped the social fabric of their locality and, also, those who play roles in their contemporary community.


The ‘Local Voices’ project not only emphasises historical research but also promotes valuable life skills such as communication, empathy, and teamwork. Through interviews, pupils will learn not only about the past but also about the importance of active listening and understanding diverse perspectives.