Friday 21 September 2012 - Sunday 27 April 2014
In 1912, Ireland stood on the brink of conflict. It seemed inevitable that, by 1914, a parliament in Dublin would govern Ireland for the first time in over a hundred years.
Nationalists believed that this would greatly enhance Irish dignity and freedom. Unionists feared that their identity, prosperity and faith would soon be under threat as never before.
What followed was a remarkable campaign to defeat ‘Home Rule’ in which Ulster Protestants threatened the British Government with the use of force to prevent Irish self-government.
At the heart of this campaign was a public document that pledged absolute resistance. Hundreds of thousands of Ulster Protestants signed it in a single day.
Ireland became gripped by a political crisis which threatened to shake the very foundations of the British Empire.
This is the story of Irish Home Rule and the Ulster Covenant.
The Ulster Crisis: Irish Home Rule and the Ulster Covenant will complement wider initiatives associated with the ‘Decade of Centenaries’. The exhibition will be supported by around 1,000 related images which will be available to view on the Collections Online area of our website for the first time.