New Guided Tour: Bonnets, Bandoliers and Ballot Papers

Explore how women’s roles changed in the first decades of the 20th century. This tour looks at political protest and social changes within Irish society, and examines campaigns and protests of women through domestic life, war and rebellion. The tour also features objects related to women’s suffrage, such as the ‘Votes for Women’ badge Francis Sheehy Skeffington was wearing at his death in Portobello Barracks.



Tour at a glance

Level: Junior Cert, TY, Leaving Cert

Group size: 30

Location: 'The Way We Wore' and 'Proclaiming a Republic: The 1916 Rising' Exhibitions

Duration: 45 minutes

Available: Tuesday - Saturday


Curriculum links

Junior Cert History (2017)

Strand 1- Developing historical consciousness, Working with evidence, Acquiring the ‘big picture’

Strand 2- Recognising key change, Exploring people, culture and ideas, Applying historical thinking

Exploring people, culture and ideas - how the experience of women in Irish society changed during the twentieth century


Learning Outcomes

  • Have an understanding (and know examples) of changing roles for women and men in the early 20th century
  • Explore how clothing can reflect and express identities, societal norms and aspirations
  • Get an introduction to the connections apparent between different movements in the early 20th century, e.g. the labour, suffrage and nationalist movements and their associations
  • Find out about personalities involved in the campaigns for women's rights to vote in 1916-1918