November 2022 - The Archives and Records Association (UK and Ireland) awarded the Roger Ellis Prize

The Archives and Records Association (UK and Ireland) has awarded the Roger Ellis Prize for outstanding contribution to archival work to the Virtual Record Treasury of Ireland. All our valued partners within the Virtual Record Treasury of Ireland share in the accolade. 

The Ellis Prize was set up by Roger Ellis, who served in the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives Section of Civil Affairs of the Western Allied Armies during the Second World War. Known as the ‘Monuments Men’, this group’s task was to protect cultural treasures, so far as war allowed. Ellis is noted particularly for the salvage of the library of the Colombaria Society, Florence in 1944, which held codices, incunabula, manuscripts, and books and had been damaged by a combination of explosions, fire, and rain. The links to his past work in awarding this prize to the Virtual Record Treasury of Ireland are clear.

On Monday 21 November, Aideen Ireland, President of the ARA, will present the Ellis Prize to the Virtual Record Treasury of Ireland. Peter Crooks will accept the award on behalf of the entire research team, our Core Partners and all Participating Institutions across Ireland and internationally.