The growth of the print industry in Ireland from the 17th century onwards was linked to political and administrative change. Print forms spanned all social spheres including academic works, luxury accessories and administrative stationary. In 1916, printers transformed the words of artists, activists, politicians and industrialist into works of permanent ink, which survive today.
The National Print Museum’s 1916 centenary exhibition seeks to engage the public in an understanding of the Rising from a fresh perspective by exploring the role of printers active in 1916 and the central role of printed media in shaping the image and meaning of the Rising. The exhibition took place in the Museum from May until October 2016 and the digital exhibition now documents this important exhibition. Seditious Types has been made possible by the generous support of the Irish design and print industry, and with support from Ireland 2016.