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O'Connell Street has been central to parades and protests for centuries.

Timelines throughout the space explore the key moments before, during and after the Rising.
Dsiplay cases tell personal stories through objects that can be explored further in interactives.
A large immersive audio visual experience can be heard and seen throughout the space.
The 15 minute immersive audio visual explores key events of Easter week in Dublin.
Ser dressed areas allow people to connect with the communications of the time.
The brighter space upstaires explores the decades after the Rising and its impact on Ireland.

GPO Witness History


Dublin’s General Post Office (GPO) has borne witness to over 200 years of Irish history, and was the head quarters of the Rebels during the Easter Rising of 1916. GPO Witness History opened in Dublin in March 2016.


Martello were appointed by An Post to design, produce and install an exhibition to bring to life all sides of the story of the Rising, from the build up and events that led up to the rebellion through to the aftermath and the path that led Ireland to independence and beyond.


History comes to life as visitors experience events from all sides of the conflict, and through the eyes of bystanders caught in the crossfire. Using a combination of original artefacts, (sourced and curated by Martello), interactive touchscreens, video, audio visual booths, sound and games, visitors are immersed in the action as they compose newspaper reports, examine an original copy of the proclamation of independence and send morse code to declare the Irish republic.


Martello worked with a panel of leading historians to produce content which is presented in a layered and accessible manner, appealing to a variety of learning styles; from short documentaries to wall panels, interactives and set dressed zones to a full immersive audio visual dramatisation of the rebellion ensuring that all audience groups and interest levels are catered for.


" in a different league in its technical sophistication, storytelling and staging."
The Irish Times




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