Cork 1920 – The Burning of a City Interactive Exhibition

29th June-31st December

Venue: St Peter's Cork

Reopening June 29, 2020!

This is a 2020 must see, must do for families, schools and groups at St Peter’s Cork - with group packages available from €5 per student. There’s lots to see and do, so make sure to allow for at least 90minutes and enjoy: - a welcome session, tailored guided tour, post visit material and free places for teachers. A Cork City walking tour is also available.


This state of the art exhibition synthesises a vast knowledge and a visual experience into a resource for school children which can develop an interest and love of history. It is an ideal tool for teachers and parents to use bringing history to life and helping to understand what happened to Cork city in 1920.  The large displays and contemporary film footage bring the reality of Cork 1920 to life, with some of the most shocking events of the War of Independence. Citizens endured months of curfews, military raids, repeated arson attacks, ransacked homes and looted businesses. A shocking end to an already tension-filled year, 1920 came to a head with the Burning of the City on the 11th December.   


The uniquely historic Cork 1920 exhibition also features two audio-visual boxes with witness testimonies from a 1960 documentary on the Burning of Cork and a dedication to Rebel Women. Images from the archives at Cork Public Museum have been brought into vivid colour.   The dedicated reading & reflection area is another highlight.  For school group enquiries, please email  call 021 427 8187 and visit