Irish Ambassador To Visit Roger Casement Exhibition At The Galleries Of Justice Museum

November 11, 2016
1:00 pmto2:00 pm

 

 

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The Irish Ambassador, Dan Mulhall, will come to Nottingham for the first time on Friday 11th November. During his time in the city he will visit the Galleries of Justice Museum where he will explore the museum’s Roger Casement exhibition which showcases the life, crime, trial and subsequent legacy of the man who was convicted of High Treason in 1916 for his part in planning the Dublin Easter Rising.

The Galleries of Justice Museum will host a lunch for the Ambassador which will also be attended by special guests including members of Nottingham’s Irish community. He will then see a courtroom performance and talk about the trial of Roger Casement, which will also be available for members of the public to attend. The courtroom performance and talk will look at the consequences of the treason act which, at the time of the trial was over 700 years old, and also include a performance of the speech that Roger Casement gave at his trial 100 years ago.

Nottinghamshire has strong links with the 1916 Easter Rising. The Sherwood Foresters Regiment were the first soldiers to arrive in Dublin following the uprising. They suffered severe casualties and their contribution will also be acknowledged during the visit. The original Bow Street Dock, in which Casement stood during his committal hearing, forms part of the collection at the Galleries of Justice Museum.

Tim Desmond, Chief Executive at the Galleries of Justice Museum said: “We are delighted to welcome the Irish Ambassador to Nottingham for this special event linked to Roger Casement. As part of the visit he will also have the opportunity to see the original Bow Street Dock, which is part of the collection at the museum and is where Casement stood during his committal hearing.

“In February 2017 we will become the National Justice Museum and it is important to us that we continue to tell stories of national and international significance such as this one. Another interesting link that we have to Casement’s trial is the location that it took place – at the Royal Courts of Justice in London. Since 2011 we have delivered public legal education programmes at the Royal Courts of Justice – an example of how we use authentic legal spaces to create enjoyable learning experiences, connecting students with real life experiences, spaces and objects. By giving people the opportunity to learn about the law in a fun and interactive way, we can empower them to take an interest in their rights and responsibilities to become active citizens.”

Gerry Molumby, who has also been heavily involved in arranging the visit said: ” As an Irishman living and working in Nottingham for many years I am delighted that the Galleries of Justice Museum are hosting this event in this anniversary year of Ireland taking its place amongst the nations of the world; a major exhibition on Roger Casement. He was a Knight of the Realm, an Irish Patriot, but for me he was one of Ireland’s greatest activist of human rights ”

Members of the public that would like to attend the courtroom performance and talk on Friday 11th November at 1pm can do so by booking in advance on 0115 993 9818 or 0115 952 0555 or by emailing [email protected] . Please note that places are limited and must be booked in advance. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Booking Information

The Trial of Roger Casement: Courtroom Performance and Talk

Friday 11th November at 1pm

To book email [email protected] or call on 0115 993 9818 / 0115 952 0555.                                

Places are limited and must be booked in advance.

 

About Sir Roger Casement

Sir Roger David Casement (1864-1916) was hanged by the British in mid-1916 for his part in working with Germany and Irish nationalists in planning the Dublin Easter Rising of 1916.

Casement was born in Dublin on 1st September 1864 the son of a Protestant father and Catholic mother, Casement served for many years as a distinguished British Consul in Mozambique, Angola, the Congo Free State and Brazil.  He gained international renown for his Consular reports criticising the treatment of native workers in the Congo and Amazon. As a consequence of his reports Belgium notably overhauled its administration of the Congo in 1908.  Casement himself was rewarded with a knighthood in 1911, the same year he retired from the diplomatic service in ill-health and established himself in Dublin.

Casement helped to form the Irish National Volunteers in 1913.  The following year, in July 1914, Casement visited New York in an attempt to garner support for the organisation.  With the outbreak of war the following month Casement similarly hoped for German assistance in gaining Irish independence from Britain.  With this in mind Casement travelled to Berlin in November 1914; once there however he found the Germans reluctant to undertake the risk of sending forces to Ireland.  He was also disappointed in his hopes of recruiting to his cause Irish prisoners taken to Germany.  While in Germany Casement strove in particular to effectively borrow a number of German officers to assist with a planned Easter rising in Dublin; again, he was disappointed. Believing the planned rising unlikely to succeed at that stage Casement arranged to be taken by German submarine back to Ireland where he hoped to dissuade nationalist leaders from undertaking rebellion for the present. Consequently he was landed near Tralee in County Kerry on 12 April 1916.  Twelve days later he was arrested by the British, taken to London, and charged with treason.  At about this time copies of a diary (the ‘Black Diary’) reputed to be written by Casement were circulated among government officials, detailing alleged homosexual practices with native boys.  Although clearly an attempt by the British to discredit Casement the diaries’ authenticity was verified by an independent panel of scholars in 1959 and, more recently, in 2002.  With an appeal dismissed Casement was taken to Pentonville Prison in London where he was hanged on 3rd August 1916.  In 1965 Casement’s remains were returned to Dublin and afforded a state funeral.

The Exhibition at the Galleries of Justice will run until 18th December 2016

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