Treaty 1921: Records from the National Archives Exhibition

  • National Archives Anglo-Irish Treaty Exhibition (Pic Alan Place)

Fascinating insight into the Anglo Irish Treaty in 1921 is on display in the exhibition Treaty 1921: Records from the National Archives is open at Istabraq Hall in Merchant’s Quay, Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm until 30th June.

The exhibition marks the centenary of the signing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty on 6th December 1921.

Presented by the National Archives in partnership with Limerick City and County Council Archives Service, this touring exhibition opens up significant historical records, official documents and private papers for the first time, including the first public presentation of both the Irish and British copies of the Treaty document.

Using contemporary reportage, images and footage, The Treaty, 1921: Records from the Archives locates the Treaty negotiations in the political context of the Irish revolution and a world turned upside down by the First World War.

Beginning with the exploratory talks between Éamon de Valera, President of Dáil Éireann, and British Prime Minister David Lloyd George during the summer of 1921, it details the work of the Irish delegates and their secretariat, by presenting the documentary record that they left behind.

The exhibition also chronicles day-to-day life in London for the men and women who made up the Irish delegation, from parties attended, dinners hosted and appearances at theatre and gala performances, to the tense final days and hours leading to the signing of the Treaty just after 2am on 6th December 1921.

Finally, it documents the delegation’s return to Dublin, and the Dáil Éireann cabinet meeting that pointed to the split in the independence movement that emerged over the terms of the Treaty, and the divisions that would lead to Civil War.

Treaty 1921 Exhibition, Istabraq Hall, Merchant’s Quay until 30th June. Opening times: Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm.

Limerick City
Limerick City and County Council (Corporate Headquarters)
Corporate Headquarters, Merchant's Quay, Limerick