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London preview of National Archives' centenary exhibition on Anglo-Irish Treaty, in partnership with British Academy and RIA

27 October 2021

Documents on Irish Foreign Policy (DIFP) has been involved in developing the National Archives' forthcoming centenary exhibition on the Anglo-Irish Treaty, recently previewed at the British Academy in London

In December 2021 the National Archives' landmark centenary exhibition on the Anglo-Irish Treaty, The Treaty, 1921: records from the archives, will open in Dublin Castle. It is being presented by the National Archives in partnership with the Royal Irish Academy, the Office of Public Works and the National Library of Ireland, with records from the collections of the Military Archives and University College Dublin. The RIA's Documents on Irish Foreign Policy (DIFP) project has played a central role as a partner in the exhibition, developing the exhibition text and co-curating the structure and content for the exhibition with the National Archives.

To mark the centenary of the beginning of the negotiations in October 1921, a preview of the exhibition was successfully hosted from 12-23 October at the British Academy, in partnership with the Embassy of Ireland, Great Britain. On 18 October DIFP Assistant Editor Dr John Gibney took part in a panel discussion at the London embassy on the implications and legacies of the Treaty, alongside Professor Marianne Elliott OBE FBA Hon. MRIA, former Director of the Institute of Irish Studies, University of Liverpool, Professor Roy Foster FBA Hon. MRIA, Emeritus Professor of Irish History, University of Oxford, and Dr Margaret O'Callaghan, Reader in History and Politics, Queen's University Belfast. This formed part of a wider programme of events being hosted by the embassy to mark the centenary of the negotiation and signing of the Treaty.

The signature page of the Irish copy of the Anglo-Irish Treaty. Reproduced by permission of the Director of the National Archives.

Watch this RTÉ report on the London exhibition, and read this short guide to the Treaty negotiations by John Gibney (DIFP), from RTÉ's Century Ireland project. Many of the documents relating to the Treaty negotiations were published in the first volume of the DIFP series, published in 1998 and available online here.

The Treaty, 1921: records from the archives opens in Dublin Castle on 6 December 2021.

 

 

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