Digitised dictionary resources about early generations of university staff and students are currently not available from any Irish university. Suggesting new ways of achieving and strengthening a university memory, this project aims to construct digitised biographies of the first generations of university students and staff in Galway. This will serve as a valuable database of the academic and service foundations of the University. Ultimately, the Digital Memories project aims to add value to the ability of the university to situate itself in the public domain as a place of agency and public interest. Names for inclusion will refer initially to Queen’s College, Galway (i.e. 1849 up to 1908) before proceeding to early University College, Galway (1909-c.1922), and will be selected on the basis of perceived public interest, availability of sources, and diversity. The first phase of the project will develop roughly 30 – 40 biographical entries, which will contain biographical details, references and images. The material will be available as a free University website resource, which is accessible to students, staff and the general public.Digital Memories will be a knowledge resource about the social classes who studied and worked in the university during the first half century or so. It will generate information for new research and suggest starting points of enquiry. It will enable students and staff to draw upon biographies for teaching or in naming prizes, lecture theatres and promotional events. In addition, it will aid analysis of the interaction between Galway and, for instance, Belfast, Cambridge, or the Sorbonne, offering interesting insight into Galway’s status as a place of learning. The wider community will benefit from Digital Memories by being able to find information for family histories, educational projects and public research purposes.