1913 Lockout Tapestry

Pic: Derek Speirs

Pic: Derek Speirs

Experience the story of the Dublin Lockout, as the 1913 Lockout Tapestry visits Dublin City Library and Archive!

The tapestry is currently on display in the Pearse Street location, where it will stay until March 28.

Designed by artists Cathy Henderson and Robert Ballagh, the tapestry depicts the industrial dispute, which saw 100,000 people facing starvation, in the format of a comic strip. The work was carried out by over 60 schoolchildren and 200 adult volunteers from across a wide range of groups, from community activists, to members of the Irish Embroidery Guild, to trade unionists.

Commissioned by the National College of Art and Design and SIPTU, the tapestry is a part of Dublin City Council’s Decade of Commemorations and will be of particular interest to Leaving Cert history students, whose curriculum covers the Dublin Lockout and Strike.

Dublin City Library and Archive is open from 10am to 8pm, Monday to Thursday; and 10am to 5pm on Fridays and Saturdays. While admission is free, groups of 12 or more must book ahead of time by calling (01) 674 4806 or sending an email to dublinpubliclibraries@dublincity.ie.

By Aimée Mac Leod