The Irish Rising: 'A terrible beauty is born'

Six days that shook an empire

Watch the video of a panel discussion, chaired by Maxine McKew and featuring international and local speakers, about the Rising's political and social ramifications in both Dublin and Melbourne.

The Irish Rising: 'A terrible beauty is born'

Proclamation of the Irish Republic (Dublin, 1917 facsimile of 1916 original), State Library Victoria

Proclamation of the Irish Republic (Dublin, 1917 facsimile of 1916 original)

State Library Victoria

The 1916 Irish Rising was a six-day uprising in Dublin that marked a pivotal moment in the Irish struggle for independence from Great Britain.

The far-reaching repercussions of the Easter Rising, including its impact on the Irish diaspora and its effect on Australia during a time of war, are explored in this partnership between State Library Victoria and the University of Melbourne to commemorate the centenary of the Rising.

Running from 17 March to 31 July 2016, the Library's free display The Irish Rising: 'A terrible beauty is born' includes rare artefacts and materials from the Library's collection, and is complemented by a host of free programs including guided tours, illuminating discussions and curator presentations.

The 'Irish Rising' display and its associated programs are part of Ireland's official 2016 centenary program.

'The Irish Rising' hours: Monday to Thursday 10am–9pm, and Friday to Sunday 10am–6pm.
Location: Blue Rotunda, Cowen Gallery.

Exhibition partner

University of Melbourne logo

The Library's 'Irish Rising' display and associated programs are presented in partnership with the University of Melbourne.

1916 Easter Rising conference

Black and white photo of an intersection with bombed buildings and rubble

Rubble remains after shelling of Abbey Street and Sackville Street (O’Connell Street), Keogh Brothers, 1916

National Library of Ireland

The University of Melbourne will host the 1916 Easter Rising: Australasian perspectives international academic conference on 7–8 April to commemorate the centenary and explore the impact of the Easter Rising.

Visit the 1916 Easter Rising conference blog to find out more about the conference, see the full biographies of the keynote speakers, and learn more about Easter Rising events planned in Australia around the time of the centenary.

Exhibition installation

Listen to a behind-the-scenes interview with the exhibition's curator, Anna Welch, and watch as the various displays are put in place.

Research guide

Photo of a Sinn Fein prisoner being conveyed to the castle

Find out more about the 1916 Easter Rising by reading our research guide.

Dublin after the insurrection

Watch a photo essay describing the extensive devastation that took place in Dublin during the Easter Rising.

Melbourne to commemorate Ireland’s 1916 Easter Rising

Photo of people on horseback forming an honour guard around a car

Fourteen Victoria Cross heroes forming guard of honor for Dr. Mannix, St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, 1920

State Library Victoria

“With nearly 7 million Australians from Irish heritage our histories are intertwined. We will exhibit unique collections that reveal how keenly the Irish Easter Rising was felt in Australia and the effect those events abroad had on our own history,” says Kate Torney, CEO State Library Victoria.

Read more about the 2016 Irish Rising commemorations in our blog post

The Blue Rotunda turns green

Catch our exhibitions team in action as they install The Irish Rising's signature wall display.