There is a great range of content available across all platforms that explore the Decade of Centenaries. Some resources like RTE’s Century Ireland cover the whole period whereas others such as Ireland’s Memorial Records focus on a specific event or topic. For the Decade of Centenaries timeline, I am using a range sources of information to ensure the content will be accurate, balanced and engaging.
I began by researching late 19th and early 20th Century Irish History with Jonathan Bardon’s A History of Ulster and F. S. L. Lyons Ireland Since the Famine before heading to the Linenhall Library. As always, the library had a brilliant selection of books on all aspects of this period of history from women’s rights to public health. Books such as Kennedy’s An Economic History of Ulster 1820-1940 give a real insight into the growth and decline of the linen industry in the North of Ireland and the terrible working conditions of its workforce which consisted predominantly of women and children. Owen’s Smashing Times A History of the Irish Womens’ Suffrage Movement described the nuances of the the Women’s Rights movement in Ireland. This wealth of information has resulted in a total of 240 events covering the period of 1884-1925. My target is 150 events so there needs to be a little bit of editing before the website is launched. I’ve included a selection resources I’ve found useful during my research.
- Ulster Museum exhibition: The Ulster Crisis: Irish Home Rule and the Ulster Covenant is on until 27th April.
- Linenhall Library for a great selection of books and maps.
- Belfast Central Mission has a great archive of photographs charting its 125 years of charity work.
- Ulster Museum has a great Decade of Centenaries online exhibition
- CRC’s Remembering the Future Lecture series on Youtube provides lectures from local academics
- PRONI has uploaded some of its photographic archive onto Flikr – Hogg’s photographs give a great insight into living conditions of the working classes in pre-WW1 Belfast
- CRC links to Decade of Anniversaries resources
- National Archives of Ireland, as well as providing access to 1901 and 1911 census provides these articles on Belfast in the early 20th Century
- Belfast Telegraph’s Decade of Centenaries collection
- Belfast Telegraph’s photographs of the 1922 Riots
- Google Cultural Institute: National Library of Ireland: Witness to War
- National Library of Ireland on Flikr has sets on Dublin Lockout, War of Independence, Civil War
- RTE Stills Library has some great pictures from the 1910s, 1920s
- RTE Archives: Online exhibition about the first Dáil
- Ireland’s Memorial Records : search for WWI casualties
Books (available from Linenhall Library)
- Jonathan Bardon’s book; A History Of Ulster provides a great insight into Irish history from the Ulster perspective
- Another great book by Bardon is the Belfast: A Centenary. It recounts the history of Belfast through pictures
- F.S.L Lyons’s Ireland Since the Famine
- D.G. Boyce’s Ireland 1828 -1923, From Ascendancy to Democracy
- R.C. Owen’s Smashing Times: A History of the Irish Womens’ Suffrage Movement
- ed Kennedy, L & Ollerenshaw, P: An Economic History of Ulster 1820-1940
- Jackson, A; Home Rule an Irish history
- Clear, C.; Social change and everyday life in Ireland 1850-1922