On 10 October Jimmy Deenihan TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht opened three new exhibitions at the National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks: 1913 Lockout: Impact & Aftermath, Banners Unfurled and Lockout: The Tapestry
1913 Lockout: Impact & Aftermath documents life in Dublin, the Lockout, and its aftermath. It draws on objects from the Museum’s own collections, including the Starry Plough flag flown over the Imperial Hotel on O’Connell Street during the 1916 rising. This is the first display of the flag in 25 years.
At the same time, the Irish Congress of Trade Unions’ 1913 Commemoration Committee will be hosting two temporary exhibitions at Collins Barracks. The first, entitled Banners Unfurled consists of replicas of 18 guild and trade union banners. The second, Lockout – the Tapestry displays the tapestry commissioned in 2012 by SIPTU and the National College of Art and Design from artists Kathy Henderson and Robert Ballagh. The 30-panel tapestry was made by voluntary groups and their work, creating a visual narrative of the 1913 Lockout.
Banners Unfurled and Lockout – The Tapestry will be on display until 14 November, 2013. Speaking ahead of the event, Minister Deenihan said ‘the 1913 Lockout was amoment of great importance in Irish history. It was also a very significant milestone in that momentous decade (1912 to 1922) which saw Ireland move through the Home Rule crisis and the Lockout to the 1916 Rising and, eventually, the establishment of the Irish State. I look forward to working with the National Museum, and all the cultural institutions, on commemorations of the landmark events in Irish history that took place during that momentous decade’.
The exhibitions were open to the public from Thursday 10 October, and were on display until 14 November.
From History Ireland: Read Padraig Yeates on The 1913 Lockout.
From History Ireland: The Lockout tapestry.
To watch the RTE report on the Lockout Tapestry, from Century Ireland, click here