Here’s our regular round up of interesting historical content to read, listen to and watch, this week ranging from India via Suffolk, Dublin and Cork City to Drimoleague.
The Irish Times had this interesting piece on new research about Sir Michael O’Dwyer, Irish colonial official in British India, who as lieutenant-governor of the Punjab was responsible for the troops who carried out the massacre at Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar in 1929. The writer Séamus Nevin observes that “British imperialism and Irish nationalism were not then the mutually exclusive binaries many now suppose…”
If you’ve watched The Dig on Netflix, this is an excellent blog post by Sue Brunning, curator of Early Medieval European collections at the British Museum who looks after the treasures from Sutton Hoo and advised on the film. The image below is courtesy of the British Museum, and is of a gold belt buckle discovered at the site.
If you are interested in the history of Dublin, we’re sure you’ve visited 14 Henrietta Street. They have produced ‘Teatime Talks‘ inspired by the history and people of the house. Themes include the Dublin Dockers and the 1913 Dublin Housing Inquiry, as well as interviews with guides at the house and a former resident.
The Crawford Art Gallery has produced the fascinating Sculpture Stories looking at some of the sculpture highlights in their collection. These include the Canova casts, pictured below:
Skibbereen Heritage Centre has the latest in a series of excellent films on local history, and in particular focusing on graveyards, this one on Drimoleague Old Graveyard. It includes the Famine-era mass grave at the entrance.
And finally, Finola Finlay who is on our Committee and who with her husband writes the Roaringwater Journal blog (as well as running our Festival Field Trips) gave a lecture on The Castles of West Cork for Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage which is well worth a watch.