The Big Weekend – Join us for free history events at City Hall & Printworks Dublin Castle 5th-7th October

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History Ireland Hedge School: 1918-2018 – a century of women’s activism

5 October @ 6:30 pm

A century ago some women in Ireland (then part of the UK) got the vote, the culmination of years of ‘first wave’ feminist activism, not only on the suffrage question, but in the wider Irish nationalist, labour and cultural movements of the day. However, women’s rights were marginalized in the partitioned, conservative Ireland that emerged thereafter, until challenged by the ‘second wave’ of feminism in the 1970s, particularly on reproductive and health issues.
This History Ireland Hedge School promises a lively discussion of these and related matters.

The Cambridge History of Ireland: a landmark survey of Irish history

5 October @ 8:30 pm

The Cambridge History of Ireland covers 1500 years of Irish history, from 600 to the present day. More than 100 leading historians from Ireland and around the world have contributed to the books, arguably the most comprehensive and authoritative history of Ireland ever written.
Vibrant, comprehensive and accessible, the four-volume Cambridge History of Ireland brings together the latest scholarship, setting Irish history within broader Atlantic, European, imperial and global contexts.

Richard Grayson

Dublin’s Great Wars: The First World War, the Easter Rising and the Irish Revolution with Richard S. Grayson

6 October @ 11:00 am

For the first time, the story of the Dubliners who served in the First World War and the Irish Revolution is told as a series of interconnected ‘Great Wars’. Hear the full scope of Dubliners’ First World War service, far beyond the well-known Dublin ‘Pals’, with at least 35,000 serving and over 6,500 dead. Irish nationalist support for Britain going to war in 1914 can only be understood in the context of the political fight for Home Rule, influencing why so many Dubliners were hostile to the Easter Rising.

TEN HISTORIES: 10 researchers explain 10 approaches to history in association with the Irish Research Council

6 October @ 12:15 pm

What is history? What are the most exciting current approaches to discovering our shared background? Ten early-career historians, funded by the Irish Research Council, tell a story from their current research. They will introduce the audience to their approach to history, and how it works. One presentation for each approach – from medievalism to imperial history, from geographic information systems to experimental archaeology and more. Expect to hear interesting history tales across many geographies, genres and eras – all in just five minutes each!

The Third Reich in 100 Objects: A Material History of Nazi Germany with Roger Moorhouse

6 October @ 1:00 pm

No regime of the twentieth century has prompted such interest or such a body of literature as Hitler's Third Reich. This is an accessible, compelling, sometimes shocking guide to the Third Reich that has been collated and presented by one of the world's leading historians of Nazi Germany.
The photographs gathered by Roger Moorhouse range from documents and postcards to weapons and personal effects such as Hitler's Mercedes,  the Messerschmitt 262, the Luger pistol,  the Tiger Tank and of course the Swastika and Mein Kampf.

Servants, shop girls and sex workers: a hidden history with Pamela Cox

6 October @ 3:00 pm

Many of us are descended from servants, shop workers and those who kept the shops supplied, like seamstresses, milliners and piece workers. Mainly women, they were among the largest groups of Victorian workers - so their history is our shared history. Pamela Cox will share insights from her BBC series, "Servants" and "Shopgirls" and present fascinating new fndings about the darker connections between these trades and high-end Victorian sex work. It's a world, hidden in plain sight, that only slides into view when we know where to look.


Sing for Suffrage with Ríona Sally Hartman

6 October @ 4:15 pm

Join Dublin City Public Libraries’s new Musician in Residence Ríona Sally Hartman as she leads the Pop-up “Suffrage” choir in the foyer of Printworks for a rendition of her new song, written specially for the festival in celebration of the 100th anniversary of votes for women. Historian in Residence Maeve Casserly will “set-the-scene” for 1918 and explain the Representation of the People Act of 1918 and the landmark general election of 1918 when Countess Markievicz was elected. And you can join in the rehearsals and performance too!

Red Famine: Stalin’s War on Ukraine with Anne Applebaum

6 October @ 5:00 pm

In 1929 Stalin launched his policy of agricultural collectivization—in effect a second Russian revolution—which forced millions of peasants off their land and onto collective farms. The result was a catastrophic famine, the most lethal in European history. At least fve million people died between 1931 and 1933 in the USSR. But instead of sending relief the Soviet state made use of the catastrophe to rid itself of a political problem. In Red Famine, Anne Applebaum argues that those Ukrainians perished not because they were accidental victims of a bad policy, but because the state deliberately set out to kill them.

Erebus: The Story of a Ship with Michael Palin

6 October @ 7:00 pm

Michael Palin – former Monty Python stalwart and much-loved television globetrotter – brings to life the world and voyages of HMS Erebus, from its construction in the naval dockyards of Pembroke, to the part it played in Ross’s Antarctic expedition of 1839–43, to its abandonment during Franklin’s ill-fated Arctic expedition, and to its fnal rediscovery on the seabed in Queen Maud Gulf in Canada in 2014. To shed light on one of history’s greatest exploration stories, he has travelled to various locations across the world to search for local information, and to experience the terrain and the conditions that faced the Erebus and her crew.
Booked out but walk-ups may be available on the night.

Keepers of the Flame with with Nuala O’Connor and Diarmaid Ferriter

7 October @ 10:30 am

This feature documentary reveals the legacies of the Irish War of Independence and the Civil War and explores the impact of these events on the collective and personal memories of the Irish state and its people. Here are the ‘Keepers of the Flame’ of the title whose accounts of family stories, cherished memories, battles over status, survival and recognition of sacrifice provide a moving narrative of this post war generation. As with all wars there is the issue of official commemoration involving continuous disputes over legacy. The question of how a civil war, the most brutal and destructive of all wars, is to be commemorated is examined in the film, in the context of the upcoming 100th anniversary.

HI-FIDELITY HISTORY: exploring the history podcast with Gillian Colton, Finbar Dwyer and Conor Mulvagh

7 October @ 12:00 pm

We know that podcasts are enjoying an upsurge in popularity – people can listen to interesting topics on-the-go, as and where they want. How has the history world taken to this? How can you listen to history podcasts or become a practitioner in the feld?
Our panel, Gillian Colton, Finbar Dwyer, Conor Mulvagh and moderator Jennifer Redmond, will consider the issues.

The Atlas of the Irish Revolution with Donal O Drisceoil, Helene O’Keeffe and John Borgonovo

7 October @ 1:00 pm

Described in an Irish Times review as “mammoth and magnificent,” this definitive and visually compelling volume brings to life a pivotal time in Irish history and nation-building. A chronological and thematically organized treatment of the period serves as the core of the Atlas, enhanced by over 400 colour illustrations. This academic tour de force illuminates the effects of the Revolution on Irish culture and politics, both past and present.

SAOL CORRACH: Éire i mbun réabhlóide

7 October @ 2:00 pm

Ó 1912 ar aghaidh chonaic Éire frithghníomh, cogadh, éirí amach, cogadh saoirse, agus cogadh cathartha. Tá suim mhór á cur sa tréimhse seo céad bliain ina diaidh, agus tá neart eile le rá fúithi fós. Tabharfaidh staraithe aitheanta cainteanna ar ghnéithe éagsúla den saol corrach sin, agus pléifdh siad an tréimhse i gcoitinne mar phainéal. Agus iad ag tarraingt ar fhoinsí Gaeilge a ligtear i ndearmad go minic, beidh léargas úr ar leith acu ar imeachtaí na haimsire sin.
Is é Aindrias Ó Cathasaigh, údar 1916: Seachtar na Cásca, fear an tí, agus beidh deis agatsa páirt a ghlacadh sa díospóireacht.

The Women Who Flew For Hitler: The True Story of Hitler’s Valkyries with Clare Mulley

7 October @ 3:00 pm

Hanna Reitsch and Melitta von Stauffenberg were talented and courageous women who fought convention to make their names in the male dominated world of flight – both were pioneering test pilots and both were awarded the Iron Cross for service to the Third Reich. There are many layers to their stories: Hanna tried to save Hitler’s life in 1945 while Melitta covertly supported the most famous assassination attempt on the Fuhrer in July 1944. Their overlapping lives provide a vivid insight into Nazi Germany and its attitudes to women, class and race.

The Race to Save the Romanovs with Helen Rappaport

7 October @ 5:00 pm

2018 is the 100th anniversary of the murder of the Russian Royal family in Ekaterinburg after the Bolshevik Revolution. The myth of the secret escape of one of the Romanov princesses has been immortalised in plays, books and films but the question of how and why the Royal family were left to their fate at the hands of the revolutionaries remains a fascinating tale still to be fully explored. A decade in the making, The Race to Save the Romanovs includes a range of new and unseen sources from the archives including letters, diaries and telegrams. Free from conspiracy theories, it offers the most revealing, detailed and definitive account of the Romanov family and their cruel deaths.

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