Tour at a glance
Level: Junior and Senior Cycle, Transition Year
Group Size: 30
Location: Soldiers & Chiefs exhibition, 20th century gallery
Duration: 45 minutes
Available: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
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Students are introduced to the experiences of ordinary Irishmen and women involved in World War I, the 1916 Rebellion, the War of Independence and Irish Civil War, and how all these events affected combatants and civilians alike.
Very positive – overall excellent and made history accessible for students. Guide interacted with students through questions and asked students to demonstrate...
Junior Cycle History
Strand 1: Developing historical consciousness, working with evidence, acquiring the 'bigger picture'
Strand 2: Recognising key change, Exploring people, culture and ideas, Applying historical thinking.
Senior Cycle History
Working with evidence:
- History and the Historian.
Later Modern field of study: Irish History, 1815-1993
- Movements for political and social reform, 1870 - 1914.
- The pursuit of sovereignty and the impact of partition: 1912-1949.
Later Modern field of study: History of Europe and the Wider World, 1815-1992
- Nation States and International tension, 1871-1920.
- Gain a greater knowledge of military conflicts Irishmen and women were involved in at the beginning of the 20th century
- Develop an undertanding of why Irishmen and women enlisted to go to the First World War as soldiers and nurses, and why some chose to fight at home instead
- Key battles the Irish were involved in abroad (leper, the Somme), and at home (1916 Easter Rising, War of Independence, Civil War)
- Life for everyday soliders in the First World War
- Life for civilians during the Irish Revolution
Resources and suggestions
The Historical Collections Online. This is a sample of 10,000 artefacts from the National Museum of Ireland’s Historical, Military and Easter Week Collections, published as part of the Decade of Commemorations.
At the Museum
Also visit the following related galleries in the Museum:
Recovered Voices: the Stories of the Irish at War 1914-1915
Studio & State: The Lavery's and the Anglo-Irish Treaty
Before your visit
- We recommend teachers try to visit the exhibition in advance, if possible, to get familiar with the layout, key objects and key narratives within the exhibition
- Read literature and poetry depicting events from and around the period
- Use these resources and the exhibition visit to imagine and discuss the feelings and motives of people in the past and to discuss how an event in the past may have been perceived by those who participated in it
- Consider choices made by individuals and organisations and the contexts these choices were made in
- Plan a project around your visit. Students could research key personalities and organisations
After your visit
Ideas for post-visit activities include:
- Plan a project on a key personalities/conflicts
- Hold a classroom debate on a contentious issue or event
- Consider contemporary contexts such as equality, migration, globalisation
- Consider the value of Museums as places to display objects that connect us with our history
- Create a museum in your classroom
A Military History of Ireland (1995) by Thomas Bartlett and Keith Jeffery
Soldiers and Chiefs: the Irish at War at Home and Abroad From 1550
Dublin's Great Wars: The First World War, the Easter Rising and the Irish Revolution (2018) by Richard Grayson
Out of the Dark 1914-1918: South Dubliners who fell in the Great War (2014) by Ken Kinsella
The Irish Civil War 1922-23 (2008) by Peter Cottrell
Brings to life things they read about in textbook and makes history more real.
A high level of knowledge was portrayed by tour guide.
[We learned about] the lives of ordinary people not really covered in text books...