Commemorating 1916 in Dublin 7
A partnership with DIT Access and Civic Engagement Office and local schools
About the project
When Ian Roller of DIT’s Access and Civic Engagement (ACE) Office invited the Museum to participate in a project with some of the schools that are local to the Museum, we were delighted to get involved. This was a great opportunity for us to build on our links with our local schools and also partner with DIT through the ACE office.
We worked with the Home School Community Liaison teachers at some of our local schools to organise their visits to the Museum:
Stanhope Street Primary School
Stanhope Street Girls Secondary School
St Gabriel’s National School
School Visits to the Museum
Each of the schools visited with groups of 5th and 6th class students to see artefacts relating to 1916. Our Museum educators, Eimir, Holly and Edith helped the students answer questions such as:
What is this artefact called?
What story does this artefact tell?
What is interesting about it?
Who may have used it?
We encouraged the students to think and talk about the people involved and caught up in the 1916 Rising, with questions such as:
What motivated people at the time, what choices did they make and why?
What were people at the time feeling?
What did they believe in?
Back in the Classroom
The students then went back to school and with their teachers, worked really hard on researching objects and people related to 1916.
At St Gabriel’s National School for example, students worked in groups, each on one 1916 related artefact. These included the charred remnants of the flag raised by young Molly O’Reilly over Liberty Hall on Palm Sunday 1916, a melted bottle found in the GPO after the Rising, James Connolly’s blood-stained undershirt, a dummy rifle, a volunteer’s uniform, a bottle of iodine belonging to Dr Kathleen Lynn and Patrick Pearse’s hat.
Students created posters, artworks, wrote stories and also were recorded talking about the research they had done and what they had learned – which was a lot!