Guided Tours

Guided Tours at a glance


Tour: Proclaiming a Republic: The 1916 Rising

This tour covers the events of Easter Week in detail, placing it within a wider historical and European context. The decades leading up to the Rising along with the aftermath, its impact and legacy are considered.

Students get a general introduction to the political, social and cultural events leading up to the Rising, the Easter Week in Dublin and its aftermath. This session is also tailored to focus on the curriculum strand 'Working as an Historian' and the interpretation of primary sources, by referring to the objects, photographs and written documents on display.

Key documents and artefacts, such as the Proclamation of the Republic, bulletins issued from the GPO and Pearse's Surrender Order provide the basis of the narrative. A narrative that examines the Rising through the eyes of civilians as well as those of the leaders.

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Other key resources include:

The Proclaiming a Republic: The 1916 Rising teachers exhibition notes.

The accompanying book Proclaiming a Republic: Ireland, 1916 and the National Collection which is available in the Museum shop.

The Historical Collections Online. This is a sample of 10,000 artefacts from the National Museum of Ireland’s Historical, Military and Easter Week Collections, published as part of the Decade of Commemorations.

 


 

Tour: 1913 – 1923: A Decade of Military Conflict 

Soldiers and Chiefs Exhibition

Students are introduced to the experiences of ordinary Irishmen and women involved in World War I, the 1916 Rebellion, the War of Independence and Civil War, and how all these events affected combatants and civilians alike. This tour can also be tailored to focus on the interpretation of primary sources, by referring to the objects, photographs and written documents on display.

Key Curriculum Links include Junior Cycle History and Senior Cycle History - Later Modern Irish and European History

 

Other key resources include:

A Military History of Ireland (1995) by Thomas  Bartlett and Keith Jeffery

The Historical Collections Online. This is a sample of 10,000 artefacts from the National Museum of Ireland’s Historical, Military and Easter Week Collections, published as part of the Decade of Commemorations.

 


 

Tour: Eileen Gray: Exhibition Layout and Design 

Eileen Gray Exhibition

This tour gives students the tools in which to evaluate an exhibition effectively. The Eileen Gray exhibition explored in a way that helps students think critically about the layout and design, lighting, labeling and display, online information and education resources linked with the exhibition.

Curriculum links include Senior Cycle Art Craft & Design

Duration: 45 minutes

 


 

Tour: Eileen Gray

Eileen Gray Non Conformist chair

Wexford-born Eileen Gray (1879-1976) is now regarded as one of the most influential designers and architects of the 20th century. Students are introduced to her life and work through observation of her furniture, drawings and other artefacts.

Curriculum links include Senior Cycle Art Craft & Design.

Duration: 45 minutes

 

Other key resources include:

Eileen Gray: Her Work and Her World (2015) by Museum curator Dr. Jennifer Goff