28 April 2012: 'Understanding 1916 – Approaching 2016', National Museum


Museum-CollinsThe National Museum of Ireland held a day of talks and discussion on Saturday 28 April at Collins Barracks to mark the 96th anniversary of the Easter Rising, 1916.



The day provided opportunities to discuss ways of commemorating the 1916 Rising in light of the approaching centenary. After an opening lecture by Dr Roisín Higgins of Boston College, entitled ‘What to do with their lovely past?’: The difficulties in commemorating the Easter Rising’, a diverse panel of commentators and historians debated and put forward a range of ideas on how this key moment in Irish history might be marked. The panel was chaired by Dr Margaret O’Callaghan of QUB, and the participants included Niamh O’Sullivan, formerly of Kilmainham Gaol Museum, Stephen Ferguson of An Post, Dr Brian Kirby of the Capuchin Provincial Archives, and Gerard Whelan. Afterwards, Michael Kenny and Sandra Heise of the National Museum spoke about key documents in the Museum’s collection, including the 1916 Proclamation.


This event was organised by the Education and Outreach Department
National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History, 
Collins Barracks, Benburb Street, Dublin 7


Explore the National Museum of Ireland’s online exhibition on the Easter Rising. 


Explore the National Library of Ireland’s online exhibition on the Easter Rising: The 1916 Rising: Personalities & perspectives.


Browse History Ireland’s 2006 special issue, published on the ninetieth anniversary of the Easter Rising:


From BBC History: Fearghal McGarry on the Easter Rising. 


Explore the BBC’s online exhibition on the Easter Rising. 





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