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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. Primary School Edition


Activity at a Glance

Level: Primary: 4th Class to 6th Class
Format: Film
Group Size: Any
Location: Classroom Activity
Duration: 38 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

Curriculum Links


Working as a Historian
Time and chronology/ Using evidence/ Change and continuity/ Synthesis and communication/ Cause and effect/ Empathy

Local studies
Buildings, sites or ruins in my locality/ My locality through the ages

Stories from the lives, myths and legends of people in the past

Life, society, work and culture in the past
Language and culture in late 19th and early 20th century Ireland

Eras of change and conflict
Changing roles of women in the 19th and 20th centuries

Politics, conflict and society
1916 and the foundation of the State

Continuity and change over time
Literature, art, crafts and culture

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

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 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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