Easter Rising 1916

Poster declaring Martial Law in Dublin
(CO 904/23)
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How justified was Britain's response?

This workshop debates the argument that the actions of the British Government toward those who took part in the Rising ‘made martyrs of those who died and republicans of those who didn’t’.

The background to the Rising is investigated with a discussion of the operation and effects of Martial Law, and through study of original posters that were issued to proclaim this. Students examine the original court martial files for those who were executed to gather evidence for this, including the original court martial file for Patrick Pearse, which is not normally made available to researchers.

Students will investigate the procedure that took place, and how the way these particular trials were held caused controversy at the time, and still does for historians today.

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at The National Archives

2 hours

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2 hours

Available: All year

Cost: Free to UK schools

Suitability: Key stage 5

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