History is not the same as the past. It is an interpretation of the past constructed from evidence

Facing the Past Shaping the Future

The decade 2012-2022 marks the centenary of several events, populist interpretations of which still continue to influence identities cultures and divisions today in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. The concern is that simplistic interpretations and inappropriate commemorations of such events serve to perpetuate community divisions. The experience of past conflicts and the potential for inappropriate commemoration of populist interpretations add a moral and ethical imperative for schools and society to engage objectively with these issues.

This web resource provides Primary and Post Primary teachers and schools with resources , guidance, and strategies to encourage active pupil investigation of significant events 100 years ago.

Teachers will come to the resource with different experience and may choose to focus on particular sections.

Aims of the Project

To support multi disciplinary engagement with major historical centenary commemorations  in order to

  • explore how the past has been represented and interpreted by different communities.
  • its impact on cultural perceptions and identities and
  • to contribute to an inclusive society with a sense of diverse and shared history.


New Resource on Controversial Issues for KS3.

The project  team has worked closely with the Curriculum Council for Education in helping to produce a new teaching KS3 resource on teaching controversial issues across the curriculum. This resource will published in early September 2014.This resource provides guidance in terms of strategies for pupils and also resources for teachers on developing work in their subject areas.