Heritage Week 2020 at ITMA: Mapping the Tunes

ITMA is marking Heritage Week by focusing on a new collaborative project with the Heritage Council - mapping a selection of traditional music tunes on the Heritage Maps website www.heritagemaps.ie



The Heritage Maps digital map of Ireland plots a range of Ireland's built, cultural and natural heritage points. The points are arranged in searchable layers on the map. To access the Traditional Music layer please follow the links below:

1. http://www.heritagemaps.ie/

2. Accept the Data Use Agreement.

3. Click on the large centred HeritageMaps image

4. A map of Ireland will be revealed with a LAYER LIST. The layer list shows the range of built, cultural and natural heritage points available to search. 

5. Click on the layer MUSEUMS, ARCHIVES & COLLECTIONS and scroll to the bottom where you will find 'Irish Traditional Music Archive - 'The Humours of ...'

6. Select and click the ITMA Humours of option. The map will then populate with music clef symbols. Each music clef symbol represents a plotted tune.

7. Close the layer box to leave the full map on the screen available to search.

8. Zoom in and out using the  +- keys at the top right and/or your device's functionality.

9. Each clef symbol further expands to reveal an information box about each tune with further links to explore, including  links to:

PLAY TUNE using the ITMA interactive score following/tune learning facility


For information on how this project developed and what went on under the bonnet, the Heritage Council Mapping Project Co-Ordinator at ITMA, Treasa Harkin has written a blog about working with Heritage Maps staff to plot a selection of tunes with 'The Humours of ...' in the title on a digital map. 

Mapping the Tunes: a Journey through Placenames in Irish music