A week that changed history

This project tells the story of the 1916 Easter Rising through original telephone messages, telegraphs, letters and secret communications. Each was published exactly 100 years since it was logged, allowing the world to watch history unfold in real time.

1916 Live received press coverage from Yahoo, The Journal, the Irish Independent, Silicon Republic, and the Morning Star. A blog about it was published by the Bodleian Library.

This website was selected to be archived by the British Library in a joined project with Trinity College, Dublin and the Bodleian Library, Oxford. This helps ensure that the documents will remain a public resource for the future.

If you spot an error in a transcription, tell us about it at 1916live@gmail.com so we can fix it, and you will go on our site’s Roll of Honour.

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  1. Early this year the Bodleian commemorated the Easter Rising of 1916 with a display of historic materials from the Bodleian’s extensive political and literary collections relating to Ireland, and by collaborating with Trinity College Dublin and the British Library to create the Easter Rising 1916 UK Web Archive, an online repository of social, cultural, political, and educational web resources. One feature of the display was a handful of Dublin Metropolitan Police telephone message transcripts recording details of incidents in the streets of Dublin in Easter week 1916. These records are among the papers of the Under Secretary in Dublin Castle in April 1916, Sir Matthew Nathan. They were gathered as evidence for the Royal Commission of Enquiry into the Rising in its immediate aftermath, and have remained among Nathan’s papers ever since where they have been catalogued as MS. Nathan 476. There are hundreds of these messages, scribbled onto pink sheets of paper apparently taken from message pads. They give an extraordinarily vivid street-level view of the rising hour by hour The Library is delighted that 100 years on, the contents of these messages are being made available as a series of tweets in real time, posted by journalist Naomi O’Leary. This will bring a somewhat neglected source back to life – patchy, sporadic, instantaneous, sometimes confused reports that allow us to see history as it happened, without the filter of decades of reflection and discussion.

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