The Prisons Memory Archive: Stories from a Conflicted Past in a Contested Present

By Cahal McLaughlin- Introduction In 2004, I filmed three interviews back inside the Maze and Long Kesh prison site, which became Inside Stories: Voices from the Gaol. The participants were a former prison officer, a former republican prisoner, and a former loyalist prisoner - all of whom reflected upon their experiences inside the prison. This... Continue Reading →

Nursing the ‘Troubles’: Remembering Northern Ireland’s Past through Unique, Uniting & Undisclosed Narratives

By Megan Kelly- As academics we habitually focus on finishing work and fall short of enjoying the task at hand. When I was approached to write this piece therefore, I thought this the perfect opportunity to have an academic M.O.T.  I was determined to make the most of this chance to showcase the purpose behind... Continue Reading →

Spotlight on ‘A Secret History’

By Gareth Mulvenna- secret history a version of historical events which differs from the official or commonly accepted record and purports to be the true version – Collins English Dictionary This is not intended to be a comprehensive review of the recent Spotlight series. I don’t think it is possible to fairly appraise the full... Continue Reading →

Writing and Women

By Eli Davies – The starting point for my research is an observation, and it’s by no means an original one: that women’s experiences of the conflict in Northern Ireland are excluded in mainstream discourse - in news coverage; commemorations; in the day-to-day politics of the region. When I began putting together my research proposal I... Continue Reading →

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