Letters 1916 Workshop for Teachers 2014

IMG_8719Between 6-8 August 2014 Letters of 1916 hosted a workshop for secondary school history teachers and others involved in the education sector. The aim of the workshop was to explore ways in which the Letters of 1916 archive can be used as a resource to teach history and the technologies used to create digital humanities collections at second level. A group of eighteen, including the Letters of 1916 team, met at An Foras Feasa, Maynooth University, to take part in the workshop. Through a combination of discussion, presentation and collaboration the participants created three distinct lesson plans with primary source material from several national institutions and private collections.


These lesson plans offer an innovative and exciting way to encourage students to engage directly with primary sources and with digital technology, bringing both well-known and ‘ordinary’ figures and events from 1916 to life. The workshop participants will trial the lesson

plans in their classrooms in Autumn 2014. They will be released for general use in Spring 2015 during a seminar at Maynooth University.

The workshop offered a fantastic opportunity to brainstorm and exchange ideas among a group of teachers, historians and archivists with a broad range of experience and expertise. We were inspired and overwhelmed by the creativity and enthusiasm of the group and are excited about working on the next phase of the initiative and planning a second workshop in future.

IMG_8775If you have used Letters of 1916 in your classroom we would love to hear your feedback and suggestions about how we can improve the website as a teaching resource. We are also very happy to answer any questions relating to the project, just email us at letters1916@gmail.com.

We would like to thank all those who took part in the workshop for making it such a success and for contributing their time, knowledge and ideas. We look forward to working to bring Letters of 1916 into the classroom and sharing this valuable resource with teachers and students alike.

Workshop Participants

Karolina Badzmierowska, NUI Maynooth, Kildare

Emma Clarke, NUI Maynooth, Kildare

Niamh Crowley, St. Angela’s School, Waterford

Barney Doherty, NUI Maynooth, Kildare

Thomas Gerrard, Hartstown Community School, Dublin

Genevieve Harden, NCAD, Dublin

Hannah Healy, Trinity College Dublin

Aaron Hoey, NUI Maynooth, Kildare

Brian Hughes, NUI Maynooth, Kildare

Pauline Hurley, Beara Community School, Cork

Peter Keane, Maynooth Post Primary School, Kildare

Sharon Kearney, Bridge 21, Dublin

Gerry Moore, Glentees Community School, Donegal

Claire Mortimer, Bureau of Military History – Defence Forces Archive, Dublin

Danielle O’ Donovan, Bridge 21, Dublin

Helene O’Keefe, St. Angela’s College, Cork

Susan Schreibman, NUI Maynooth, Kildare

Derek Shaw, Wesley College, Dublin

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