Monksgrange Archives are enhanced by ensuring the preservation and long term care of its collections by increasing access, widening its audience , and building relationships with the wider community.
The near 10 year project of sorting, arranging and cataloguing a vast collection of family papers at Monksgrange began in 2008. Historian Dr. Philip Bull was working on material originally stored in drawers, cupboards, boxes and even 40 gallon steel drums; while some of the material was in farm outbuildings in far from ideal conditions, overall the papers are in a remarkably good state. Some are in urgent need of professional conservation/preservation treatment. The archives are now kept in a standard controlled environment.
Monksgrange Archives: some of the archival boxes and filing cabinets
The trust was established in 1968 with the objective of advancing education. An annual Memorial lecture is funded by the Trust which is a registered charity with tax exemption status and is a non profit organisation. Continuing fundraising and grant aid is used to support conservation and storage of Monksgrange Archives which are in the ownership of the Trust - RCY20009526 CHY5872
Oversight of the administration, maintenance and work of the Archives is maintained by an Advisory Committee which reports to the Trustees of EROT. Current members are G. Doran (Archivist - Wexford County Council) J. Glynn (Enniscorthy Library) M. Seebach (Youthwork Ireland) and J. Hill (Archives manager).
Monksgrange Archives has a working relationship with the Centre for the Study of Historic Irish Houses and Estates, Dept. of History, National University of Ireland, Maynooth. Research projects will be established by the University. On going projects include conservation/preservation and digitisation of archived material.
The annual financial report of the Trust is reproduced below.
Edward Richards-Orpen Memorial Trust Balance Sheet as at 31 December 2017
Monksgrange Archives €5431
Cash at bank €2000
Total assets less liabilities €6744
INCOME AND EXPENDITURE ACCOUNT 2017
Friends subscriptions €170