May 3rd 1921 saw the Government of Ireland Act come into effect.
One hundred years on, the 3rd May anniversary provides an opportunity to reflect on events of that time and have respectful discussions around this landmark date in our shared history that has shaped these islands.
The Historical Advisory Panel, appointed by the Secretary of State in the summer of 2020 propose to launch a series of panel lectures which will provide a platform to set the historical narrative and provide a balanced voice in the debate around the creation of the border of the island of Ireland 100 years ago.
There is no doubt that this landmark date in our history will mean different things to different people, but through the Historical Advisory Panel’s work and events planned over the coming months, we hope these will act as a platform for open dialogue and discussion to help understand the many diverse perspectives and experiences, not only in May 1921, but also today.
The first panel event, in association with the NIO, will be a virtual panel discussion on 4th May. It will take the form of an in-person panel discussion live from the Ulster Museum with the Historical Advisory Panel members and will be moderated by BBC NI broadcaster, Tara Mills.
The audience will be invited from a wide spectrum, including academic, historical, political and media representatives. We also hope it will appeal to sixth form students studying Irish history.