Lazy, hazy days of summer? Not for Inspiring Ireland!

It’s been a busy summer for the Inspiring Ireland team with additions to the 1916 online collections , arts festival contributions, and spreading the word about the resource at home and abroad.

Inspiring Ireland 1916 are continuing to upload more of the wonderful personal 1916 stories and objects contributed by members of the public at Collection Days in Dublin, London and New York. You can check out the latest additions to the collections here. The public and private collections in Inspiring Ireland are testament to the role of material objects as communicators of personal and national identities – a topic that was the subject of a discussion panel at the Galway International Arts Festival in July. Held in the beautiful Aula Maxima of the National University of Ireland, an audience of almost one hundred people attended the session chaired by Inspiring Ireland 1916 Project Creative Lead Caroline McGee. Panelists were historian, archivist and DRI advisor Catriona Crowe (National Archives of Ireland), design historian Lisa Godson, (NCAD) and Russian-born visual artist Varvara Shavrova who exhibits in Dublin, Beijing and London. Each brought along fascinating objects that told poignant stories about the treatment of women in society, the communal expression of religion and the amorphous concepts of borders and mirrored identities.

July also saw an exciting collaboration between Inspiring Ireland and the National Theatre London that brought 1916 images from the National Library and National Museum Inspiring Ireland collections to the attention of theatergoers attending Sean O’Casey’s The Plough and the Stars at the Lyttelton Theatre. Objects included in the print version of the playbill included a manuscript of ‘Who Fears to Speak of Easter Week’ and a map of Sackville Street showing the destruction wreaked on its buildings by gunfire, shelling and fire. These objects were accompanied by an essay by Professor Senia Paseta who also wrote the interpretative essay for Inspiring Ireland’s Women and The Rising exhibition. Images from the Inspiring Ireland Public Memorabilia Collections were also used to accompany an interview with Professor Roy Foster on the National Theatre’s Backstage mobile app.

Coming up IN SEPTEMBER: news of an exciting new collaboration that will bring a new series of Inspiring Ireland collections to global attention - STAY TUNED!