[interlude] The Dublin Festival of History

The Dublin Festival of History is taking place at the moment and includes a number of Great War related events. If you are in the vicinity of Dublin then you might be interested in some of these events. All are free and unless otherwise stated do not need to be pre-booked.

29/9/2018 1.00 pm to 4.30 pm, Pearse St Library
The Sports of War : the impact of the First World War on sport in Ireland (seminar, in association with Sports History Ireland)

1/10/2018 Kevin Street Library (booking required)
A Missing History? Tracing the objects and images of the Irish women’s suffrage campaign with Donna Gilligan

4/10/2018 2.00 pm, Charleville Mall Library (booking required)
Sorting Letters on the Sea: the RMS Leinster tragedy of 1918 with Stephen Ferguson

4/10/2018 6.30 pm; Cabra Library (booking required)
Gaelic Sunday (with Donal Fallon)
I previously mentioned Gaelic Sunday here

2/10/2018 6.30 pm; Richmond Barracks (booking required)
The ‘Verdun’ Project 1918 & 2018: the ‘reconstructional bake’ of a Jacob’s Army biscuit with Wendy Williams, Maeve Casserly and Darren Harris

2/10/2018 7.00 pm; National Library of Ireland
The First World War and The Armistice with Jennifer Wellington

3/10/2018 11.00 am Richmond Barracks (booking required)
The War Poets with Jane Clarke

4/10/2018 6.30 pm Kevin Street Library
A Changing Society: Why 1918 matters – an Irish History talk with Maeve Casserly

6/10/2018 11.00 am Dublin Castle, Printworks
Dublin’s Great Wars: The First World War, the Easter Rising and the Irish Revolution with Richard S. Grayson

6/10/2018 4.15 pm Dublin Castle, Printworks
Sing for Suffrage with Ríona Sally Hartman (musical event marking the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in Ireland)

7/10/2018 1.00 pm Dublin Castle, Printworks
The Atlas of the Irish Revolution with Donal O Drisceoil, Helene O’Keeffe and John Borgonovo

7/10/2018 5.00 pm Dublin Castle, Printworks
The Race to Save the Romanovs with Helen Rappaport

11/10/2018 6.30 pm Kevin Street Library
A Changing Society: Women at work in World War One – an Irish History talk with Maeve Casserly

18/10/2018 6.30 pm Kevin Street Library
A Changing Society: “ Mutton doesn’t pickle well”, food, fuel and making do during the Great War – an Irish History talk with Maeve Casserly

running until 29/10/2018 City Hall
‘Doing Their Bit’: Irish Women and the First World War (exhibition)

The festival includes many other interesting events being run at the festival, unrelated to the First World War or the upheavals that surrounded it. More details on the Festival of History’s website.

[interlude] “Journey’s End”


This film might be of interest. It deals with a British army unit in France in the run-up to Germany’s spring offensive in March 1918. I have not seen it yet myself and the trailer looks a bit over-blown, but I feel like I must see it. Here in Dublin it is only being shown in the IFI, possibly just for one week, but it is probably getting a wider release in the UK.

[interlude] The uses of history

People sometimes think that history is forgotten and of no relevance to the present day. Yesterday however in the Irish parliament politicians argued about the democratic credentials of Lenin and Kerensky, almost a 100 years after the Russian Revolution‘s progress saw the rise of one and the fall of another.

image sources:

Alexander Kerensky (Wikipedia)

Vladimir Lenin, painted by Isaak Brodsky (Wikipedia)

Read the bizarre parliamentary debate here.

[interlude] Bovington Tank Museum


I recently visited the Tank Museum in Bovington, Dorset. As the name suggests, this is a museum of tanks from their origins in the First World War to the present day. The museum has the British prototype tank, Little Willie, and other First World War vehicles.

As well as British tanks, the museum also has a Renault FT from 1918, the first tank to look like a tank (with a rotating turret above the chassis).

There is an interesting First World War exhibit, including an atmospheric mock-up of a trench.

The German machine-gunners are quite striking when unexpectedly encountered.

The trench exhibit includes a modelled tank attack on a German position.

A tank museum is a bit niche but I think anyone with a passing interest in military history and armoured vehicles would find plenty to interest them at the Tank Museum.

More pictures (mostly of vehicles from the Second World War and Cold War).