1916 Easter Rising: the Liverpool connection

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George King wearing his Liverpool Volunteers uniform. Courtesy Liverpool Easter 1916 Commemoration Committee

20 April to 30 December 2016

Our city, our stories display

A display of documents and medals telling the story of the 50 men and women from Liverpool who took part in the Easter Rising in Dublin in 1916. 

The Easter Rising was one of the defining moments in the struggle for Irish independence. Starting on Easter Monday 1916, fighting continued for six days and more than 400 people died. 

This display is the result of research compiled by academics and researchers from Liverpool Easter 1916 Commemoration Committee. The material collected during this research includes photographs, letters, official documents and the diary of Tom Craven, from Rock Ferry, who became the leader of the Kimmage Garrison.

One of the most famous Liverpool families to take part in the Easter Rising was the King brothers, John, Patrick and George; one was shot and injured in the Rising, another was killed in the Civil War. Archive material featuring the family has been discovered by the Liverpool Easter 1916 Commemoration Committee.

This display is part of a wider programme of events in Liverpool to mark the centenary of the Easter Rising in Dublin. Full details are on the Liverpool's Easter Rising 1916 centenary events website. 

The display was made possible by the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Irish Government Department for Foreign Affairs.

The Museum of Liverpool's partnership programme Our City, Our Stories enables local people to present their interpretation of the museum's themes and objects.