General Collection highlights

A Century Later: Betty Carlisle

From the Shankill to Buckingham Palace, how a woman overcame tragedies in her life and helped create jobs and a vital community centre for the women of the Shankill Road. “It was interesting to me that people from ...

Joe Friel

Memories of Bloody Sunday

Marie Breen-Smyth the Associated Dean International at the University of Surrey talks to Joe Friel. Joe took part in a demonstration in what came to be known as the Bloody Sunday demonstration in Derry on 30th Janu...

hear (SENSORAMA)

A short film made during the SENSORAMA project with Open Arts Community Choir.

Una McGurk

Talking to an Omagh bomb victim

Marie Breen-Smyth, Associate Dean International, University of Surrey talks to Una McGurk. Una McGurk was 14 years old when she was seriously injured in the Omagh Bomb on Saturday 15th August 1998. The Real IRA cla...

Heritage Collections highlights

Mark Ervine

Talking to the mural artist

Mark’s childhood was spent growing up in the Woodstock and Ravenhill areas of east Belfast, a socially deprived area of the city, a loyalist community and one where as Mark explains  ‘There was a great sense of commun...

Kate O Hanlon

Nursing at the RVH

The eldest of five children, Kate O Hanlon was born in the Markets area of Belfast in 1930. Her father worked in the Market, “That was a fruit market, where the Waterfront is today, that was all fish markets and the b...

The Rape and Plunder of the Shankill Revisited

Shankill Road history

Traumatic change came to the inner city communities of Belfast in the 1970s with large scale redevelopment, ring roads planned to encircle the city and whole communities being wiped away by the bulldozer. One of those...

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...