Decade of Centenaries Timeline

Digital Key is  producing an interactive, illustrated timeline for the NI Community Relations Council. The Decade of Centenaries timeline will be free to use and will reflect the objectives of the CRC’s Remembering the Future – A Decade of Anniversaries initiative.

Decade of Centenaries Timeline Description

This educational website will represent the Decade of Centenaries events  in an accessible, interactive timeline that explores the history of the North of Ireland from the Third Reform Act of 1884 to the suspension of the Boundary Commission in 1925. The timeline will break the key events down into a series of smaller, interrelated incidents and use artefacts and photographs to recount this tumultuous period in Irish history.

Punch Cartoon about Home rule
Punch Cartoon about Home Rule

Images are used to recount themes and events in an accessible manner. The website will feature primary evidence; photographs and images of artefacts, documents and newspaper articles to provide a factual underpinning to this period of history. The aim is to introduce and engage people with the Decade of Centenaries rather than provide a definitive account of each event. Therefore, the website will facilitate an onward learning journey via links to online educational resources and venues. Each image will be categorised and tagged by topic and location and can be viewed by year, topic or venue, to encourage users to visit the host museum to find out more.


Punch cartoon about Women's Suffrage
Punch cartoon about Women’s Suffrage

The website aims to demonstrate that the events in the Decade of Centenaries did not happen in isolation but as part of a history continuum, that each event is made up of smaller incidents that are inter-connected and have implications and consequences. The timeline will provide a broader view of events and will not just commemorate conflicts but look at the broader social and political circumstances. Radical social, geo-political and technical changes over the intervening century makes it necessary to provide information about the historical background to events, such as the British Empire, poverty, working conditions, industry, voting rights and the class system of Victorian/Edwardian society.

The Decade of Centenaries timeline will be optimised for desktop and tablet usage. The website is aimed at users 15 years+ at home or in community groups and schools.