General Collections highlights

Men Of Steel: Memories of Mackies (Part 1)

James Mackie & Sons. Pt 1.

The first ever televised history of James Mackie & Sons, once the world's leading textile machinery manufacturer. Former Mackie employees and local historians tell their stories and explain how Mackies grew fro...

Noam Chomsky: Creating a New World Order (Part 1)

The political historian from 1993.

Everything you ever wanted to know about American Foreign Policy...but were too terrorised to ask! Noam Chomsky is the outspoken critic of American foreign policy. In May 1993, Noam Chomsky was invited to Belfast t...

The Colin Middleton Centenary

“As a man he was compact, concentrated and charismatic. There was an electric charge when you met him.” Michael Longley. Mo McDevitt talks to decorative landscape painter Colin Middleton’s daughter, Jane Middleton,...

Belfast Integration & Participation Project

The Crescent Arts Centre was the venue for a celebration of the Belfast Integration and Participation Project (BIPP). The project - the product of a collaboration between GEMS, the Law Centre, South Belfast...

Heritage Collections highlights

Sam McAughtry

In conversation with Sam

Internationally respected, Sam McAughtry is a writer and broadcaster who was born in the Tigers Bay area of Belfast in 1923. Sam, one of a family of ten children, recalls the living conditions of the time “Tigers Bay ...

WRDA Lectures – Baroness May Blood

Factory floor to the House of Lords

The inaugural lecture of the Anna Eggert lecture series, organised by the WRDA.  Baroness May Blood was the speaker for the afternoon and delivered a biographical lecture entitled “From the factory floor to the House ...

Michael Paterson

A path to clinical psychology

Marie Breen-Smyth, Associate Dean International, University of Surrey talks to Dr Michael Patterson, Consultant Clinical Psychologist about the injuries he received while on patrol with the Royal Ulster Constabulary. ...

Jennifer McNern

Surviving a bomb blast

Marie Breen-Smyth, Associated Dean International at the University of Surrey talks to Jennifer McNern about her experiences of the violence of The Troubles. Jennifer was injured on March 4th, 1972, during a shoppin...