Centenary of the 1916 Rising

To commemorate the centenary of the 1916 Rising, the National Print Museum was involved in many projects including: a major exhibition entitled Seditious Types; the development of a Beggars Bush Barracks 1916 Walking Tour; a replica Proclamation series; craft workshops; special tours; talks; outreach; filming; and other collaborations.

Today you can still get involved in the commemorations as some of the projects are operating.


Letterpress Replica of the 1916 Proclamation

The Proclamation of the Irish Republic was read aloud by Patrick Pearse on Easter Monday, 24 April 1916, outside Dublin’s General Post Office, the recently seized headquarters of the insurgents. This remarkable document proclaims independence, justifies rebellion, and offers a vision of Ireland where freedom and opportunity are the rights of all Irish citizens. It has influenced Irish people around the world ever since. The National Print Museum is fortunate to have in its collection a working Wharfedale Stop Cylinder Press, the type of machine that the Proclamation was printed on, and on loan an original copy of this historic document.

In honour of the printing of the Proclamation, retired printers and volunteers at the National Print Museum, Alfred McCormack, Frederick Snowe, and William Ryan, printed a commemorative replica series. These copies were printed in the traditional craft of letterpress on the Museum’s Wharfedale Stop Cylinder Press and are available online and from the Museum Shop at the cost of €20. A limited edition version was printed on a mould-made paper on the 23 April, the hundredth anniversary to the day and won a Special Recognition Award at the Irish Print Awards 2016. 

Photos part of a documentary series by Mark Henderson as part of the upcoming exhibition “A Photographic Celebration of the Chapel”.

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Other Filming Projects

Guided Tours

The Museum is fortunate to have an original copy of the Proclamation on loan from the Callary Family, and in addition we have the type of machine that the historic document was printed on – the Wharfedale Stop Cylinder Press. Take part in our daily guided tours or book a group visit (schools, colleges, language schools, historic groups etc.). Read more about the tours here.static1.squarespace

Visit on the online exhibition Seditious Types, The Legacy of the Printers of 1916: here


Other Resources