Ireland was officially divided into two separate political areas under the Government of Ireland Act on 23 December 1920. This was a pivotal moment in the history of the island of Ireland, with the formation of Northern Ireland and the Irish Free State. This developing online exhibition explores some of the key events of the time and local life 100 years ago through artefacts and documentation from our collections.
Changing of a Nation
Key artefacts for and against Home Rule
World War One's impact on the nation is examined in this section.
Key figures of the Easter Rising are explored through artefacts.
Political pamphlets from various perspectives.
Examine the birth of Northern Ireland and Partition here.
Events, places and situations where tensions erupted into violence.
Correspondence from men interned on the Argenta.
Transport and trade were affected by the partition of Ireland.
Explore those who upheld rule of law and orders that many civilians joined and supported.
The role women played in home life as well as politics is explored in this section.