When 1916 began, few people in Ireland could have imagined how dramatically their lives would be impacted by the events of the year. As the carnage on the battlefields of Europe intensified, violence emerged at home in April. Both the Somme and Easter Rising would change the course of Irish history.
By 1916, the impact of the First World War was bringing change to virtually every area of life. At home, women were urged to find creative ways to manage the household, whilst some took on roles left vacant by absent men or volunteered to serve as nurses at the front.
The conflict also generated extraordinary innovation in technology. Greater efficiency in industrial output and food production was matched by spectacular advances in flight, media, wireless telecommunicatins and ever more deadly weapons.
In 1916, war was the agent of remarkable creativity and horrendous destruction. It was a year in which both came together to change Irish society forever.
Five unique zones in this exhibition bring together a rich collection of archive and contemporary material to showcase stories and themes from 1916, focussing on some of the creative and innovative outputs emerging from a historic year.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of events and workshops running at the museum and across Belfast throughout the summer. For more information and to book tickets or places for any of these sessions, click here.
The #MakingHistory 1916 Exhibition is led by the Nerve Centre and delivered in partnership with National Museums Northern Ireland.