The history of LGBTI+ experience and identity in Ireland is to be explored in a new year-long programme from the National Library of Ireland. 

The programme will include a physical and online exhibition of the work of activist Christopher Robson, as well as a year-long programme of LGBTI+ online events. 

The online events have been co-curated with the National Library by Tonie Walsh, veteran LGBTI+ rights activist, journalist, and founder of the Irish Queer Archive, which is itself housed in the National Library.

Planned events include virtual talks, readings, workshops, panel discussions and events for children and young people.

The first event, entitled 'Lived lives: The Irish Queer Archive', takes place tomorrow, Wednesday, 31 March, with events taking place each month thereafter. 

The Christopher Robson Photographic Collection will be the subject of a dedicated exhibition this summer which will take place, Covid restrictions permitting, in the National Photographic Archive in Temple Bar and online.

Mr Robson, who died in 2013, was a founding member of the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN).

His photographic collection of around 2,000 slides, which document LGBTI+ life and activism in Ireland, was donated to the National Library in 2015 by Bill Foley, Mr Robson's civil partner, and by GLEN, in the presence of President Michael D Higgins.

The exhibition will focus on Mr Robson's photography, life, activism and achievements, while the accompanying events programme facilitates a closer look at many of the themes and issues raised by his photographs.