TCD opens its history vaults

TCD opens its history vaults

Trinity College, an iconic site for witnesses during the 1916 Rising, is opening up its own unique historical catalogue of artefacts from the rebellion to the public.

In its grounds it holds many original historical sources from the time, including notices, bullets and photos.

To coincide with the centenary anniversaries, TCD historians and experts launched a dedicated website for those wanting to brush up on their knowledge.

TCD opens its history vaults

It followed on from the free online course it launched last October to explain the Easter Rising and its origins.

The 14 week course, available on YouTube and iTunes, aimed at students and general public alike, is presented by Professor Patrick Geoghegan of the university’s School of Histories and Humanities.

TCD opens its history vaults

Samples of the course included one lecture on the often-forgotten 1641 rebellion, while other videos included one on the significance of the Proclamation, the enduring influence of Trinity graduate and British parliamentarian Edmund Burke, who campaigned for Catholic emancipation and is widely regarded as the father of modern Conservatism, and TCD’s overall role in the Rising.

“This course explores those debates, but also situates them within the wider context of the development of Irish republicanism, as well as the constitutional nationalist tradition which was often in conflict with the forces of radicalism and violence,” said Professor Geoghegan


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