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Virtual Tour: Proclaiming a Republic. The 1916 Rising

Join Museum Guides, Educators and Curators for an engaging, informative and thought-provoking look at a significant period in Irish history, through the Museum’s recent ‘Proclaiming a Republic’ exhibition

In this virtual tour, the speakers will focus on personal stories, in particular those of the lesser-known participants and civilians who were involved in Easter Week, as well as examining why the rebellion happened, and the immediate aftermath. Included on this page are Teachers Notes, which will guide your class through the film.


Watch Proclaiming a Republic: The 1916 Rising Virtual Tour. Post Primary School Edition


Activity at a Glance

Level: Junior Cycle, Transition Year, Senior Cycle
Format: Film
Group Size: Any
Location: Classroom Activity
Duration: 45 minutes
Availability: This Virtual Tour can be watched above, downloaded from the link above or accessed from the National Museum of Ireland's YouTube page. The Teachers' Notes are accessible from the link at the bottom of the page

Curriculum Links


Junior Cycle
  • Development of Historical Consciousness
  • Working with Evidence
  • Acquiring the “big picture”
  • The History of Ireland
Senior Cycle:
  • Working with Evidence
  • Movements for political and social reform, 1870-1914
  • The pursuit of sovereignty and the impact of partition, 1912-1914
Other Curriculum links Include
  • Visual Art (flags, uniforms, symbols)
  • English (letters, letter writing)

Learning Outcomes

  • To develop an understanding of why the 1916 Easter Rising happened, what occurred during the week, and its consequences
  • To learn about the people involved in the rebellion and understand the choices they were faced it
  • To gain an appreciation for material culture and its importance in our understanding and interpretation of history

Pre-Visit Resources

‘Proclaiming a Republic: The 1916 Rising’ Microsite.

Pop Up Talks. Proclaiming a Republic: The 1916 Rising.

Teachers Notes

A set of Teacher’s Notes has been created by the Education Department of the National Museum of Ireland at Collins Barracks in order to aid the teaching and interpretation of the ‘Proclaiming a Republic: the 1916 Rising’ Virtual Tour.
In creating this guide, we aim to provide you with the following learning tools and aids:
  • To provide further information about the key artefacts on each stop of the Virtual Tour, as well as a brief historical context
  • To suggest potential discussion points in order to aid classroom discussion, and to suggest possible solo and group activities for students to engage in, which will enhance their understanding of the material presented
  • To provide teachers with the relevant curriculum links, highlighting why each section of the tour was chosen and to explain what we hope to achieve for students at each location

Download the 'Proclaiming a Republic. The 1916 Rising' Virtual Tour Teachers' Notes Post Primary Edition


Tell Us What You Think

Our Teachers' Notes have been created as a learning aid for Educators, however we are also interested in your feedback. If you would like to provide us with your comments then please click on our short questionnaire

Download the 'Proclaiming a Republic. The 1916 Rising' Virtual Tour Teachers' Notes Survey here

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