Google is bringing 1916 to life by offering a virtual tour of the key sites, streets and events of the Rising.
Dublin Rising 1916-2016 will be narrated by actor Colin Farrell and featuring exhibitions from six prestigious cultural institutions.
As well as bringing viewers worldwide to parts of Dublin synonymous with the Rising, the interactive Google Street View tour also offers unique access to important historical and cultural resource material.
The visitors will be able to stop at city centre locations as they are today, hear what happened there and click to explore photos, stories and witness statements from the Dublin of 2016. The aim of the experience is to enable anyone, anywhere to participate in the 1916 Centenary.
The virtual experience has been created in partnership with Irish cultural institutions, including the National Library of Ireland (NLI), Military Archives, Glasnevin Cemetery Museum, the Abbey Theatre, the Royal Irish Academy, and Trinity College Dublin Library alongside Century Ireland.
As part of the experience, the NLI has shared a number of special items from the online collections including Joseph Plunkett’s notebook, kept throughout the Easter Rising from his position in the General Post Office and a draft of the notice of the rebel surrender, signed by Patrick Pearse on 20 April 1916.
Head of Google Ireland Ronan Harris said the tour allowed people to experience what life was like a century ago in Ireland.
He said: “2016 is a significant year for Ireland, commemorating as it does the events of 1916 which subsequently led to the birth of the modern Ireland we are today. In commemoration, we have worked with a number of partners and historians to help people in Ireland and around the world, explore, learn and talk about the people, events, places and objects that shaped these defining events.”
NLI director Sandra Collins said the partnership meant the NLI could share its holdings with a worldwide audience.
“The Library recognises the value in partnerships with digital innovators such as Google, in order to enhance global access to our collections,” said Dr Collins. “Combining digital innovation with our nation’s cultural and social heritage allows us to share the story of 1916 with the world.”
In addition to the 70,000 digital images available in the NLI’s online catalogue, the digitised personal papers and photographs of the seven signatories of the 1916 Proclamation will all be available online by April 2016.
The full collection of Ceannt, Clarke and Connolly’s papers are already available to the public, free of charge at catalogue.nli.ie
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