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Wednesday, 27 January 2016

BBC's Voices16 tells the story of a tumultuous year

http://www.bbc.co.uk/events/e2d
Voices16 follows the personal stories of those in the
frontlines in Dublin and Somme in 1916
Here's another online route to a greater understanding of the two seismic events of 1916 that shaped Ireland.

Created by BBC Northern Ireland, Voices16 follows the personal stories of those in the frontlines in Dublin and at the Somme in 1916. It revisits the testimony of those who were witness to history and looks at how people's lives were affected by the Easter Rising and the Battle of the Somme.

The site also features short films that explore the history and importance of such artefacts as the Proclamation of the Irish Republic and the flag of the 36th Ulster Division at the Somme. These can be found in the Voices16 Objects section of the site. The items come from a number of archives, including:
  • Church of Ireland (Representative Church Body)
  • Irish Jesuit Archives
  • Libraries NI
  • Linen Hall Library
  • Military Archives Dublin
  • National Library of Ireland
  • National Museums Northern Ireland
  • Public Record Office of Northern Ireland
  • The Somme Association

Later in the year, two landmark BBC Northern Ireland films will air on BBC One featuring characters found on Voices16.

It's a well-presented site and worth taking a look at.