The World War 1 Roadshow Reviewed
The World War I Roadshow took place in Trinity College on Saturday, July 12th, 2014

The World War 1 Roadshow Reviewed

On Saturday July 12th, Ireland’s part in the Great War was explored through a series of events at a World War 1 Road Show at Trinity College Dublin. Here's how the day unfolded through Storify: 

Members of the public were invited to bring along letters, medals, photographs and items of interest related to World War 1 which were catalogued and digitised by a team experts from the National Library of Ireland. They will be now uploaded to an online European archive which is being developed by Europeana (Europe’s digital library, museum and archive), in conjunction with Oxford University and with national partners across Europe in time for the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the war in 1914.  It will be the first ever online European archive of private stories and documents from World War 1.  

The World War 1 Road Show also featured a series of pop up talks every 15 minutes throughout the day as well as more in-depth lectures on the Great War. In addition, there was a range of other activities including theatre performances and music as well as a special World War One themed recording of RTE Radio 1's Sunday Miscellany programme.  The day featured  WW1 cooking demonstrations (hosted by Domini Kemp and Catherine Cleary), story telling for families, guided tours, poetry readings and  the ‘Last Cricket Match of Peace’.  The Public Theatre hosted soundproof booths where RTÉ Radio 1 recorded family testimonies for broadcast in August. The eventful day concluded with the final Bugle call of the ‘Last Post’.

Philip Bromwell reports for RTÉ News on the World War I Roadshow. 

Members of the public are also invited to bring along items relating to World War 1 to be catalogued for an online European archive. Experts from the National Library of Ireland will be on hand to review and record your family’s memorabilia.

Katherine McSharry of the National Library of Ireland joins Myles Dungan on The History Show on RTÉ Radio 1 in the lead up to the history roadshow.

Read here fore reviews of the day from The Irish Times and Irish Independent


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