Over the period of the Decade of Anniversaries, Belfast City Council has developed a programme that each year emphasises aspects that marks events of that particular year that shaped Northern Ireland and Ireland a century ago.
Artsekta have been involved in three separate projects focussing on the past, including The Belfast Bayeux, Sanskriti and Belfast Suitcase Stories.
This project is developing an online digital resource for teachers to access and a programme of support and training for teachers to enable them to utilise it effectively with students at Key Stage 3 in Northern Ireland and students in transfer year in the Border Counties.
Northern Ireland Council for Integrated Education (NICIE) developed this project as a resource and support to teachers and students hoping to mark the Decade of Anniversaries.
Cultural Fusions is an arts and cultural programme designed through Mid-Antrim Museums Service and Causeway Museum Service across the North East council areas for PEACE III objectives of sharing, expression and experience of different cultures. The programme has had several relevant projects worth noting.
Also known as known as ‘The Shipyard Church,’ Westbourne Presbyterian Church on the Newtownards Road in East Belfast was the biggest signing centre for the Ulster Covenant in 1912 after Belfast City Hall.
This is a guide which sets out five steps for history teachers to use or adapt to help students understand how the military history of WWI relates to their area. The briefing is based on the book Belfast Boys: How Unionists and Nationalists Fought and Died Together in the First World War (Continuum, 2009) which includes the stories of the 16th (Irish) Division which recruited in the Falls, and the 36th (Ulster) Division which recruited in the Shankill.
The North West Peace III Partnership comprising Derry City Council, Strabane District Council and Omagh District Council have developed a Decade of Commemorations programme with three key strands: A travelling exhibition, a musical drama, and a series of workshops were developed as the partnership was keen to deliver something that everyone could take part in.
The 6th Connaught Rangers Research Project was formed by a group of people who had an interest in issues related to Irish nationalism and WWI. Some of those group members had family relatives who had enlisted, along with hundreds of others from the Falls Road area, in the Connaught Rangers Regiment at the outbreak of the First World War in August 1914
The period 2012 -2023 marks a number of significant political events which have shaped the sense of British and Irish identity in the 20th century. The Community Relations Council (CRC) and the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) joined together for a series of lectures and events with an accompanying website to stimulate a conversation about what it means to remember in public space while realising there needs to be a contextualisation and discussion about how we remember periods and events and what the historic record tells us.
The Fellowship of Messines Association created a project for the Decade that sought to explore themes related to common history, conflict resolution and personal development. Specifically, the emphasis on a common and shared history was designed to recruit a diverse range of individuals from an extremely wide political and cultural spectrum to engage in dialogue together.
The Maidens’ City: A ‘Herstory’ of the Walled City (the Herstory Tour) tells the largely hidden history of women of Derry/Londonderry, beginning with a meeting of the local Suffragettes in the Guildhall 100 years ago.
Paths to Commemoration is a project aimed at devising ways of publicly marking significant historic events that can include everybody. It is funded by the PEACE III Programme run by Sligo County Council on behalf of Sligo Peace & Reconciliation Partnership Committee.
This short original film is about Laura Gailey, the only woman named on the War Memorial in the Diamond in Derry/Londonderry. Laura Gailey was a resident of the city who became a volunteer nurse tending the war-wounded in Liverpool during WWI.
Connection & Division brings together collections acquired by Derry City Council Heritage & Museum Service, the Inniskillings Museum and Fermanagh County Museum Service.
One hundred years on from 8 February 1912, an audience at St Mary’s University, Belfast watched a dramatic reconstruction of Winston Churchill’s famous vision of self-government for Ireland.
‘We Were Brothers’ is a project comprised of a play with accompanying book, DVD, website and school/community outreach programmes which focuses on the shared history of nationalists and unionists who fought together in the British uniform during WWI.
‘This is What We Sang’ was accompanied by an exhibition and a companion publication, and was performed by The Kabosh Theatre Company in the Belfast Synagogue as part of the Belfast Festival.
This toolkit is developed as a resource for community and cultural groups, museums and heritage, organisations, councils and departments, and other organisations who are considering commemorative projects or events in relation to what is popularly known as the ‘Decade of Centenaries.’
In this toolkit, however, we have chosen to use the term ‘Decade of Anniversaries’. The reason for this is a simple one: while there is currently a strong emphasis on centenary events, not everything being commemorated in our society today happened exactly 100 years ago, and those events did not take place in a time vacuum but were, instead, part of a larger story. In the approach that will be outlined here, there is an understanding within the Community Relations Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund that commemorations of events from the distant as well as recent past have drawn significant attention in this decade as well; and these are worth considering in the context of discussing how to commemorate in a way that unites rather than divides society.
This toolkit was put together in order for those working on projects to have guidance and support in acts of commemoration. The ‘how to plan your own’ section goes through questions and issues that need to be considered when putting together a programme or event and the ‘key findings’ detail lessons learned as seen in the case studies. It then provides a list of resources available that may help with developing an event or programme.
This resource was developed by the Northern Ireland Community Relations Council (CRC) and Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). CRC aims to promote a pluralist society characterised by equity, respect for diversity, and recognition of interdependence. HLF is the UK's largest funder of heritage projects. In Northern Ireland, HLF has awarded over £184m to over 1,000 projects. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the Council or HLF.
Thanks to all the community groups, statutory bodies, museums and heritage workers, and others who contributed to the development of this toolkit. Their cooperation in providing information and giving feedback related tot he resources they utilised and process of project development was invaluable.
Developed by Healing Through Remembering; compiled by Jayne Reaves and Helen McLaughlin. Repurposed into an interactive toolkit by the Nerve Centre.