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The First World War Centenary Partnership Marks The Centenary of the Easter Rising

Posted  29 April 2016 in News  
By Hannah Clark
British troops man a street barricade in Dublin, Easter 1916. © IWM (Q 90445)

Throughout 2016, the First World War Centenary Partnership is presenting a rich and varied programme of events and activity across Ireland and the UK to mark the Centenary of the Easter Rising, ranging from exhibitions and performances to talks and online resources.

Here’s just a few highlights from the programme:

Exhibitions

The National Library of Ireland’s National Photographic Archive launched ‘Rising’, a major photographic exhibition showcasing their rich collection of images that document the events of 1916 and the landscape, both physical and political, following the surrender. The NLI will also host a free programme of events and activities throughout 2016.

The Creative Centenaries project, led by the Nerve Centre, have brought together archive material from the Imperial War Museums, National Museums Northern Ireland, National Museum of Ireland and PRONI in their #MakingHistories 1916 exhibition at the Ulster Museum to tell stories of 1916 and the wider war through the creative interpretations of those individuals who experienced it.

Donegal County Museum has organised an extensive programme of exhibitions and talks to mark the impact of the events of 1916 on the lives of those living in the county. County Donegal in 1916: Our Story and Little Stories, Little Prints tell the stories and experiences of individuals involved in the Easter Rising, as well as little known events and incidents from this time.

The National Museum of Ireland’s Proclaiming a Republic: The 1916 Rising and the National Museums of Northern Ireland’s Remembering 1916: Your Stories will continue throughout the year, telling the communities’ stories of 1916.

Resources

Century Ireland has created an online exhibition and real-time historic newspaper to tell the stories of 1916 through exclusive archival images and footage as they played out 100 years ago. During Easter week, the events of 1916 were live tweeted as they unfolded a century ago; you can follow them at @CenturyIRL.

The National Army Museum added a number of new artefacts from the Easter Rising to its online collection, First World War in Focus, as part of its 2016 programme, Volunteers and Conscripts. Objects include an 18-pounder shell case fired during the rebellion and a brooch taken from the body of a rebel.

With the permission of the Capuchin Franciscan Order, South Dublin Libraries are presenting a reprint of the 1916 commemorative pages of the 1966 Capuchin Annual. The annual details first-hand accounts of the Easter Rising collected and published in 1966 on the 50th anniversary of 1916. Copies are available to order online and from all branches of South Dublin Libraries.

Performances

Commissioned by The Finborough Theatre as part of The Great War 100 series, The Non-Stop Connolly Show presented the dramatic re-telling of the life of revolutionary, James Connolly, through this epic 14-hour production, charting his life and career from birth to execution by British firing squad. Further productions of the show will take place in Ireland throughout 2016.

14-18 NOW will present The Casement Project with Fearghus Ó Conchúir, a new dance project inspired by Irish nationalist Roger Casement, and The WW1 Years and More with Taylor Mac, a series of participative concerts at Belfast International Arts Festival.

 Talks

As part of their Volunteers and Conscripts season, the National Army Museum hosted two panels exploring the events of 1916: How and Why Should We Commemorate the Easter Rising? and The Scrap: A True Story from the Easter Rising.

The National Archives will be holding a symposium, Ireland and 1916: Isle of Saints and Soldiers?, investigating the Irish contribution to and experience of the First World War, considering the Easter Rising, the Battle of the Somme and broader historical questions relating to Ireland and the war at this time.

For more activity exploring the Easter Rising see News and Projects and the Events Calendar.

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