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Education at GPO Witness History

Modern Irish History

A school tour takes students behind the historic façade of the GPO and an immersive movie allows students to experience what it was like to be in the GPO and Dublin during Easter Week 1916, this most tumultuous time in Irish History.

As the visitor centre examines modern Irish History up to the present day, students have the opportunity to reflect on how the events of the 1916 Easter Rising, War of Independence, Irish Civil War and the “Troubles” have shaped Ireland over the past 100 years.  GPO Witness History places particular emphasis on those who witnessed the events of Easter Week; the rebels, crown forces, the GPO workers and the by-standers and it is their stories that are at the heart of the narrative.

Throughout their visit, students take on the role of historians as they examine the various sources that are used to tell the narrative. Students are encouraged to evaluate the usefulness and limitations of the different forms of evidence; sources include witness statements, original artefacts, audio and secondary sources.   A handling collection allows students to engage with various artefacts which brings the history of the period to life.

After their guided tour, students will have the opportunity to explore the exhibition themselves and engage with activities such as using interactive maps to route military dispatches from the GPO to St. Stephen’s Green and to use morse code to proclaim the Irish Republic.

The judges for the European Museum Academy Awards acknowledged GPO Witness History as a centre of peace and reconciliation and said that it demonstrates how highly controversial events can be interpreted in ways that encourage social and political cohesion and understanding.

View our short video that explains what is encapsulated on the GPO Witness History Tour. Our team member, Ann-Marie who is Education Manager for the GPO Witness History museum provides a brief overview of the tour and how they researched the artifacts and event.


School Tours General Information

Tour Duration: 1 hour
Tours can be adapted to meet your classes’ specific needs.

Cost: €5.50 per student
(Includes complimentary guided tour for school groups of 15 and over)

Booking is essential
Contact Central Reservations here or Tel: 01 872 1916

School Tour Packages

GPO Witness History is delighted to partner with:

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