Focus on Irish History: The 1916 Easter Rising
Both the Understanding 1916 exhibition and the 1916 section in Soldiers and Chiefs explore this pivotal period in Irish History.
Find out how you can make the most of this exhibition...
Tour: Understanding 1916
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. Students will see key artefacts, such as the 1916 Proclamation of the Irish Republic.
This session can also be 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.
Duration: Approximately 30 minutes.
Primary School Curriculum Links
- Politics, conflict and society
- Language and culture in late 19th and early 20th-Century Ireland
- Eras of change and conflict
- Changing roles of women in the 19th and 20th Centuries
- 1916 and the foundation of the state
- Working as an Historian
Self Directed Visits
Please note that all group visits must be pre-booked. Groups who arrive unnannouced may not be able to access galleries as groups who book will be given precedence. Contact us to make a booking.
The following exhibitions have a strong links to the curriculum strands listed above:
- Soldiers & Chiefs traces Ireland's military history from 1550 to the present day, including key events such as the 1798 rebellion, the Irish in the American Civil War, World War One, the Easter Rising and the War of Independence. The exhibition also explores the daily life of the soldier, the changing technology of warfare, why soldiers join up and life for women and families during times of conflict. These themes are further investigated in activity books for schools.
- Understanding 1916 focuses on the period from 1913 to 1923 and aims to put the Easter Rising into its social, economic and cultural contexts as well as describing the main events of the week and the aftermath.
Follow these steps to get the most out of a self-directed visit.
Look out for the new Teachers' Resource Pack on 1916 which will be available by December 2012.
In the classroom, there are several follow-up activities you can do with your class. We suggest:
- Design a new Irish flag, which symbols and colours would represent Irish people now?
- Write a diary entry before and after the Rising, as one of the figures involved, for example a young person like Molly O'Reilly or Sean Healy, or one of the central figures like Patrick Pearse or Countess Markievicz
- Have a debate in the classroom; which organisation would you have joined and why?
For more tips, see our guide on how to plan a visit
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