An evening of debate on the events of 1916 will take place at the Ulster Museum on March 26, examining the events that shaped politics and commemoration in Ireland for the last 100 years.

While the Easter Rising and the Battle of the Somme are important historical events in their own right, their significance also lies in how they came to be understood as iconic moments in the emergence of the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland.

Hosted by History Ireland editor, Tommy Graham, this Hedge School will explore how these events have been constructed, mythologised and contested over the past one hundred years. A panel of experts will also consider how the upcoming centenaries of both events should be marked. As with all History Ireland Hedge Schools, the audience will be encouraged to contribute to the debate.

Refreshments, and guided tours of the Ulster Museum’s 1916 artefacts in the new Modern History gallery, will be available from 6.15pm. 

Event Details


Ulster Museum
Botanic Gardens


Thursday, March 26, 2015 -
19:00 to 21:00

Centenary Event

Tickets and further information

Debating speaker include: Guy Beiner, Dominic Bryan, Jason Burke, Tom Hartley and Dr Roisin Higgins