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The Treaty 1921: Records from the Archives

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Free of charge

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Dates

07/12/2021 - 27/03/2022
10:00 am - 5:00 am

Location

Dublin Castle

Image of the Treaty Exhibition at the Coach House, Dublin Castle

Coach House Gallery, Dublin Castle, Dubh Linn Gardens

The National Archives preserves the memory of the state in the form of its records. It acquires and protects Ireland’s public records, thereby ensuring their availability as a resource for all. These records relate to the social, cultural, economic and political history of the island of Ireland from the middle ages through to the establishment of the Irish Free State in 1922 and into the modern era.

The 1921 Anglo-Irish Treaty is arguably the most important document in Irish history.

Minister Catherine Martin TD
Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media

Amongst its collections is perhaps the most famous document in Irish history: the Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1921. It is appropriate that the National Archives should mark the centenary of the signing of the Treaty by presenting a major exhibition of records in its possession relating to the negotiation and signing of the Treaty. Using the Treaty itself as the centrepiece, this exhibition places significant documents from the collections of the National Archives on public display for the first time. This exhibition forms part of the National Archives Commemorations Programme 2021–2, marking the National Archives’ role as the official repository of the records of the state. It is presented in partnership with the Royal Irish Academy, the National Library of Ireland and the Office of Public Works, with records on display from the collections of the Military Archives, Dublin, and University College Dublin Archives.

Arthur Griffith and Michael Collins emerge from 10 Downing Street on 11 October 1921, the first day of the Treaty negotiations. National Library of Ireland. NPA/MKN33
Arthur Griffith and Michael Collins emerge from 10 Downing Street on 11 October 1921, the first day of the Treaty negotiations. National Library of Ireland. NPA/MKN33
This map, from Robert Barton’s papers, indicates the political geography of north-east Ulster. It displays areas with populations that, the negotiators argued, would be in favour of, or opposed to, partition, delineated according to local government districts. National Archives. PRIV1093/8/1
This map, from Robert Barton’s papers, indicates the political geography of north-east Ulster. It displays areas with populations that, the negotiators argued, would be in favour of, or opposed to, partition, delineated according to local government districts. National Archives. PRIV1093/8/1
The signature page of the Irish copy of the Anglo-Irish Treaty, formally known as the Articles of Agreement, signed by the Irish and British delegates on 6 December 1921. National Archives. TSCH/2002/5/1
The signature page of the Irish copy of the Anglo-Irish Treaty, formally known as the Articles of Agreement, signed by the Irish and British delegates on 6 December 1921. National Archives. TSCH/2002/5/1

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Dublin 2
D02 AK81

01 645 8813

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