- 12 Oct 21
Treaty 1921: Records from the Archives will remain in London until October 23 before moving to Dublin Castle to be displayed from December 6, 2021 to March 27, 2022.
Catherine Martin TD has opened the Treaty 1921: Records from the Archives exhibition at London's British Academy.
The Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media visited London for the exhibition's opening on Monday, October 11.
The exhibition, which was launched by the National Archives of Ireland last month for the Decade of Centenaries 2012-2023 National Programme, commemorates the 100-year anniversary from the beginning of negotiations for the Anglo-Irish Treaty. The treaty, as well as other significant historical records provided by the National Archives, are being presented alongside their British counterparts.
Ahead of the opening, Martin said that the exhibition was "crucial in furthering our understanding of the negotiations and the signing of the Treaty."
"My responsibility, as Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, is to ensure that this complex period in our history is remembered with an appropriate, meaningful, proportionate and sensitive programme, which recognises the legitimacy of all traditions, and values mutual respect and historical authenticity," she said.
Adrian O'Neill, Ireland's ambassador to the UK, said: "I hope that by bringing this exhibition from the National Archives of Ireland to London, with the collaboration and support of these major Irish and British partners, we can offer people an opportunity to explore this period of our history and reflect on how it has influenced evolving relationships across these islands.”
Yesterday (October 11), upon visiting the British Academy for the exhibition's opening, Martin said that it is "always a pleasure for [her] to visit this world capital right on our doorstep."
See Minister Martin's full speech below:
Today in London I opened 'The Treaty 1921 : Records from the Archives' which includes significant historical records, official documents and private papers and for the first side by side, copies of the Irish and British Treaty documents. https://t.co/kbx3yMHC3g pic.twitter.com/YpkzBMbQnF
— Catherine Martin TD (@cathmartingreen) October 11, 2021