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Creative Centenaries: Exploring Our Past Together


Exploring our past together

Northern Ireland’s Decade of Centenaries enters its third year in 2014 with the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War. As the events being remembered take on a truly international dimension, interest in them has grown significantly. As this interest increases, so does the focus on how we are remembering and commemorating the events of 100 years ago.

The Creative Centenaries project, led by the Nerve Centre and supported by the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL), brings together information and resources about the Decade of Centenaries and the work of Northern Ireland’s creative sector in commemorating these events.

The decade 1912-1922 included milestone events like the Signing of the Ulster Covenant, the First World War, the Easter Rising, Battle of the Somme, Rise of the Labour Movement, Universal Suffrage, the War of Independence and the founding of two new States.

New resources will be created by the Nerve Centre, including a Creative Centenaries website (, animations, iBooks and graphic novels. The project will also highlight digital platforms, educational resources and events programmes of partner organisations including PRONI, Linen Hall Library, University of Ulster and Ulster Museum.

Two-mini conferences will take during Creativity Month in March 2014: on the theme of 'Digital' at the Linen Hall Library on March 25; and the theme of 'Arts' at Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin in Derry~Londonderry on March 31.