Department of Defence

Department of Defence

The military archives collections date from the formation of the Irish Volunteers (1913) to the present day, and are, thus, a valuable primary source of evidence for historical and military research.

In 2004 Eneclann commenced M.A.P. (Military Archives Project), a large scale archives project which involved the systematic removal of highly sensitive archives from former barracks buildings and the subsequent processing of these archives.

Phase one of the project, which took place on-site, involved the physical removal of the material. After consultation with military archivists and environmental scientists, a team of archivists and support staff appraised, sorted and manually removed the material from the hazardous locations. After basic cleaning, the material was sent for irradiation. They were then taken to our secure warehouse, where the second phase commenced.  Here a dedicated drying room was set up, as 80,000 of the 130,000 files removed needed partial or complete drying. After drying, further cleaning and removal of all metal fasteners, the files and other material were returned to their original series, listed on Access databases, stored in acid free boxes and returned to the military archives.

The material removed included files, bound volumes, photographs and maps and charts