The Ulster Museum has invited the public in Banbridge to share their experiences of Northern Ireland during the ‘Troubles’ as part of a major new initiative.
Entitled ‘Collecting the Troubles and Beyond,’ the project aims to widen the scope of the museum’s contemporary collection relating to this complex period of Northern Ireland’s history.
The museum is engaging with communities to develop its Troubles archive through a series of community collecting events, collection workshops and outreach activities and is making an open invitation to the public to contribute.
An associated programme of events and activities will explore how museums and their collections can promote public understanding of the impact and legacy of our recent past.
The revamped Troubles gallery, which is due to open in Spring 2017, will provide a broader context to the Troubles period and will examine the wider social, economic, cultural, as well as political, influences which have shaped Northern Ireland. Highlights from some of the community collecting events to date include photographs by the internationally-recognised photo-journalist Martin Nangle, a remarkable collection of paintings by former prisoner Geordie Morrow recording prison life and a comprehensive and valuable archive of material from the LGBT community.
If you would like to share your story with the Ulster Museum, please contact Karen Logan via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 028 9039 516