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'
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.
The Library's 'Irish Rising' display and associated programs are presented in partnership with the University of Melbourne.
1916 Easter Rising conference
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.
Listen to a behind-the-scenes interview with the exhibition's curator, Anna Welch, and watch as the various displays are put in place.
Find out more about the 1916 Easter Rising by reading our research guide.
Melbourne to commemorate Ireland’s 1916 Easter Rising
“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.
Dublin after the insurrection
Watch a photo essay describing the extensive devastation that took place in Dublin during the Easter Rising.
The Blue Rotunda turns green
Catch our exhibitions team in action as they install The Irish Rising's signature wall display.