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 these exhibitions:
Tour: Understanding 1916
“The facilitator was absolutely fantastic – the session was pitched perfectly for the students and it was a very informative and enjoyable for us all”
Post Primary Teacher
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 'The job of the historian' and the interpretation of primary sources, by referring to the objects, photographs and written documents on display.
Duration: Approximately 45 minutes
Post primary Curriculum Links
- Junior Cycle History
- Senior Cycle History - Later Modern Irish history
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 from December 2012.
This section is still in development - we are working with teachers to make this section as useful and relevant as possible. We welcome any suggestions you might have, please contact us.
For more tips, see our guide on how to plan a visit.
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