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World War One Day at the National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts and History

The National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts and History, Collins Barracks, is holding a day of talks and activities on Saturday 8th November to mark the 90th anniversary of the end of World War One.

Events will include talks on the experiences of Irish soldiers, demonstration and handling sessions, workshops, sessions with a World War One British Army recruitment re-enactor, and the screening of a British War Office propaganda film from 1917. Many of these events will take place in the galleries of the exhibition Soldiers & Chiefs: The Irish at War at Home and Abroad Since 1550.

Siobhan Pierce, Assistant Education and Outreach Officer at the National Museum of Ireland, said, “Around 200,000 Irishmen served in the British services in World War One. The workshops and handling session and activities at the Museum will explore these Irishmen’s experiences in World War One and what it was like to serve in that war. Bring along your family and explore the histories of the Irish Soldiers who were caught up in the ‘Great War’.”

To find out more information about this event, contact the Education and Outreach Department at the National Museum of Ireland at e-mail or telephone +353 1 6486 453.

For further press information or images please contact:

Elizabeth Evensen

Marketing Department, National Museum of Ireland

Tel: 01 - 648 6427 Mob: 087 9031690

Notes to Editor

  • The Museum will be screening the film “The Battle of the Ancre”. This was a battle fought on the Somme from September to November 1916. This propaganda film made by the British War Office was shown in movie theatres in 1917 and intersperses actual film shot at the front and at training grounds in England. This film was supplied by the Imperial War Museum.
  • There will be a demonstration and handling session of the Museum’s large 18-pounder field artillery gun.
  • Talks will include the story of a great escape from Holzminden prison camp by Irishman Lieutenant Philip Norbert Smith.
  • Visitors can also meet a WWI British Army recruitment re-enactor the type of person, and how people joined up to fight in the war.
  • Workshops will cover topics such as how to make a World War One bi-plane and create an ID tag. Places for the workshops are allocated on a first come, first served basis.
  • To tie in with the 90th anniversary of the ending of the war, a new display of objects are now on exhibition. New items on display include the World War One medals of the Irish poet, Tom Kettle, which were recently donated to the Museum. The medals were donated by descendents of the pacifist, Francis Sheehy-Skeffington, who was a friend of Tom Kettle. One of the talks will be about Tom Kettle and the medals.

Listings information - Saturday 8th November 2008

Talk: Irish Professional Soldiering 1914-1915

11.00am – 11.30am

Talk: Tom Kettle’s Medals


Demonstration and Handling: 18-pounder field gun


Talk: Stories of Irishmen in the last year of the war


Workshop – Make your own bi-plane


Re-enactment: recruitment re-enactment


Screening of film footage

9.00 - 10.30am & 3.00 – 4.30pm

Workshop: Activites based on ID tags

11.30am - 4.30pm

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