Letters 1916-1923 is Ireland’s first crowd-sourced digital humanities project. It has created a new online archive of letters written from, to or about Ireland between 1 November 1915 and 31 December 1923. We are collecting letters from libraries and archives across Ireland and abroad. Many people have donated copies of their private family papers to the archive.
What is the educational objective of this particular lesson plan?
Different private and public letters from our unique collection are used in our lesson plans and bring to life what it was like to live in Ireland in 1916. The lesson plan provided here was initially developed for the Maynooth Post Primary School (Kildare) and the Glentees Community School (Donegal). The sources used focus on Ireland’s role in the First World War and the experiences of men and women who served at the front. By engaging with original primary documents, students will discover life stories which are not covered in history books and learn about everyday events in wartime Ireland.
Download the full Teacher’s Pack (.docx format / 121kB) to get started. All the letters needed for the classroom exercises are linked below.