Creative centenaries: Remembering the Future

Core features of the practice

  • Organisation:

    Institution name: History Teachers Association of Northern Ireland
    Institution type: Voluntary association
    Institution URL:
  • Format:

  • Target population:

    Students, Young people, Educators in formal settings, Educators in non-formal settings, General public/non-specialist audience
  • Cost (per practice):

  • Setting:

    School, No specific setting required
  • Themes:

    Remembrance education and/or history education
  • Core activities:

    Internet research, Group work, Other

Additional information about the practice

    Target population

  • Number of participants:

    Not applicable
  • Age of target population:

  • Additional specifics:

    Other:, 14 year olds, 22-30 year olds, adults
  • Components of the practice

  • Topics and objectives:

    An online teaching programme dealing with Ireland's Decade of Centenaries. Examines the commemorations of the Dublin Easter Rising and the Battle of the Somme in 1966 to consider how commemoration might better be conducted to foster more positive outcomes.
  • Materials used:

    Online material
    Link to the material:
  • Material produced:

  • Sequence of activities - methodology:

    Learners trace the lives of two men, who were to become leading paramilitaries in the conflict of the next three decades, and the potentially negative impact of commemoration in deeply divided societies
  • Length of activity:

    Up to 5 hours
  • Is the activity digital?:

  • Accessibility and replicability

  • Language(s) in which activity can be delivered:

  • Is specialist knowledge or professional training required?:

  • If yes, which type?:

    Formal educational training and/or certification

Qualitative Details

  • Has this practice been evaluated?

  • How many times?:

  • By whom?:

    Informal non-participant observer, Internal evaluator
  • By what means?:

    Informal verbal feedback
  • Core content knowledge and transferable skills:

    The ability to consider how commemoration might better be conducted to foster more positive outcomes.
  • Indicators of success:

    Interactive learning units, addressing positive and negative outcomes of commemorations
  • Educational coordinator contact details:

    Name: Alan McCully
    Email address:


The RETHINK project is concerned with bridging formal and informal education. This section explores the factors that make a practice adaptable.

  • Key factors for successful implementation:

    Subject expertise of presenter/instructor
  • Main challenges to teachers adapting this practice for their students:

    A time slot of at least two hours is required; students must be in small groups; sensitive facilitation of debate
  • Availability of guidance/training/replication materials (and in what language/format currently):

    A teachers' guide is available
  • Other comments or details: