Decade of Centenaries Suggested Activities

We are pleased to announce that the Decade of Centenaries Timeline has been nominated for the Celtic Media Festival Kieran Hegarty Award For Innovation. The nomination coincides with the publication of our booklet of Decade of Centenaries Suggested Activities to accompany the website.

front cover decade of centenaries suggested activities bookletThe timeline uses artefacts to illustrate a chronology of events in 40 years of Ulster’s history. This period of history becomes more immediate and relevant when retold from a personal perspective. The  Decade of Centenaries Suggested Activities focus on real-life experiences of events in Ulster’s past to make the period 1885 to 1925 more relevant to the user. The Decade of Centenaries timeline is used as a stimulus to explore personal experiences of history through the concepts of family genealogy, experiences of war and working conditions. Advice on research and links to useful sources of information is provided with each theme. These activities are designed to be used with classes and community groups, however KS3 curricular relevance has been included for more targeted learning experiences.

The activities are broken down into three themes ‘My History,’ First World War’ and ‘Industry and Welfare’. Each theme is available to download separately or together as a whole booklet. Printed booklets are available free to order by emailing

Theme 1: My History

Decade of Centenaries Timeline Suggested Activities

The ‘My History’ activity uses the website to stimulate pupils/individuals to create their own personal interactive timeline of their life. The ‘Create Your Family Tree’ activity encourages the class/group to create their own individual family tree dating back to the 1885-1925 period and to build up a picture of an ancestor who lived during that turbulent period in Irish history.

Theme 2:  First World War

Page from Decade of Centenaries Timeline Suggested activities - Armistice ends First World WarThe ‘Bringing a soldier’s story to life’ activity involves selecting a soldier’s name from a memorial plaque and using archives to build up a picture of their life and their experience of First World War. The ‘Soldiers’ Experiences of Passchendaele’ activity explores how audio, photographs and paintings were used to depict the horrific conditions of Passchendaele and encourages the group to create their own artwork in response to primary evidence. The ‘Recruitment Posters’ activity encourages analysis of the designs of Irish recruitment posters to reveal the motivations and attitudes towards recruitment in Ireland during the First World War.

Theme 3: Industry and Welfare

Decade of Centenaries Suggested Activities - Girls in Shirt Factory

The ‘Exploring the Linen Industry in Ulster’ activity encourages research into linen heritage in the local area. The working and living conditions of Irish textile workers in the Victorian era are compared to those in modern factories in other parts of the world.