“Eleven Plus: A Generation Poised” is an interactive exhibit centered around the 1947 Northern Irish Education Act, which made secondary education more accessible than it had ever been before. This was of particular importance to the working class Catholic population who, through a variety of government-led discriminatory practices, effectively experienced life in the region as second-class citizens. The first generation to benefit from this newfound accessibility came of age in the 1960s, when the fight for civil rights exploded across the country. This was a generation of working-class Catholics who were highly-educated, tapped into the civil rights movements happening across the globe, and who had grown up in a society that treated them and their communities as inferior. Who better to lead the Northern Irish civil rights movement than the students of the Eleven Plus?

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