Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Researching the Easter uprising- good starting points for students

Researching the Easter uprising- good starting points for students

2016 is the centenary of the Easter uprising.

BBC history has a good introductory timeline to events.This is an archived website but has the key facts.It also has archived sections of newspaper headlines. Digital Media at Griffith College a great site designed for schools and students with day by day coverage of events and witness statements from primary source collections. There is a  school resource section.
Queens University Belfast Irish History Live has a discussion of the Easter uprising, its history, interpretation and impact.

Primary sources
National Library of Ireland  digital collections related to the seven signatories of the 1916 Proclamation. These include biographies, photographs and original letters.The library also has a listing of available resources on its catalogue
Letters of 1916- interesting crowdsourced project lead by University of Maynooth. It is transcribing a collection of letters written around the time of the Easter Rising (1 November 1915 – 31 October 1916) held in institutions and private collections to give a flavour of life at this time. Browse some examples. by date or theme
BBCVoices16. Northern Ireland explores the history through voices from the time with digitised letters and accounts.

Changed Utterly - Ireland and the Easter Rising. the Library of Trinity College Dublin's research collections relating to the 1916 Easter Rising, through a regular series of blog posts.which links to archival materials
Guides to further research
UK National Archives has information on the key primary source materials (government reports and papers available).

Centenary websites.
Irish government website with programme of events.
UK Web archive 2016 Easter Rising project
The Library of Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin, the Bodleian Library, Oxford and the British Library are undertaking a collaborative project to identify, collect, and archive, websites that can contribute to an understanding of the causes, course, and consequences of the Easter Rising, 1916

Easter 2016: RTE Archives Archival material relating to the 50th anniversary of the Rising from Raidió Teilifís Éireann, Ireland's national broadcaster. It includes oral histories and audiovisual materials
Irish Times centenary project includes original archive footage as well as current news stories

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