A display at the Museum of Liverpool will highlight the role of Merseyside men and women in the 1916 Easter Rising.
Launched to mark the 100th anniversary of the event, 1916 Easter Rising: The Liverpool Connection opens to the public on 20 April as part of the museum’s Our City, Our Stories programme.
Historic artefacts connected to the uprising will be on display, including the diary of garrison leader Tom Craven’s, new archive material, Fenian leader O’Donovan Rossa’s funeral programme, and medals earned by Patrick Reid – the grandfather of former Everton footballer Peter Reid – in the conflict.
The 1916 Easter Rising was a rebellion staged by around 1,500 Irish nationalist to oppose British rule. Rebels seized key buildings in Dublin during six days of unrest before the movement was crushed by better-equipped British forces.
Around 50 men and women from Liverpool played a significant role in the uprising – a mix of people from a range of backgrounds who were either born on Merseyside or moved there from Ireland. Approximately 450 lives were lost during the protest.
Janet Dugdale, director of museum of Liverpool says: “The Liverpool Easter 1916 Commemoration Committee has worked closely with museum curators to create a display which explores the motivation and actions of the city’s men and women involved in the Rising, and gives insight into the significant role they played.
“It is an interesting Liverpool story and one that has resonance with Irish communities across the world.”
Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Embassy of Ireland, 1916 Easter Rising: the Liverpool connection is part of a wider programme of events in the city to mark the centenary of the historic event.