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About the Historical Collections online

General information about this online subset of our collection management systems


The Historical Collections at the National Museum of Ireland tell the military and  political history of the Irish, both at home and abroad, from the 16th to the 20th centuries. In total there are 36,000 objects in these collections.

This sample of 10,000 records covers a range of topics and object types from this period, from uniforms, flags, letters, photographs and firearms to the personal relics of the Irish men and women who fought for an independent Ireland.

The majority of these objects have never been on public display, and many cannot be displayed in a gallery due to preservation concerns. They are presented here for the first time to coincide with the centenary of the 1916 Rising and the Decade of Commemorations.

Coatee of the 71st (Highland) Regiment, worn by Archibald Armstrong of Tullymore, Co. Sligo, during the Peninsular War, c.1814 (Object Number HA:1911.667)

Flag of the Irish Republic, flown over the General Post Office, Dublin, during the 1916 Rising. (Object Number HE:EW.3224)

Sword presented by William III of England to a supporter for his service at the Battle of the Boyne, 1690. (Object Number HA:L.693.1)