General Collections highlights

Hugh Thomson: Coleraine’s Famous Son

Hugh Thomson was born in Coleraine in 1860 and became an accomplished painter after his family moved to Kilrea. However, it was as an illustrator that his talents shone and he was discovered by the prestigious publ...

College Green House

Built in 1870, it was a private house, complete with coach house and stables until 1930 when it was converted into flats and the outbuildings became commercial. Filming was completed as Hearth Revolving Fund restor...

Machnamh – Saol Bheirt Íosánach

Labhraíonn beirt Íosánach faoina saol agus an obair a rinne siad ónar imigh siad isteach in Ord na nÍosánach. Labhraíonn Alan McGuckian faoi mhúinteoireacht agus faoin tréimhse a chaith sé i gCeanada agus sna hO...

A Century Later: LGBT – A Hidden History

The story of the LGBT community in Northern Ireland over the last 100 years. So much of this history is hidden, often to be found in police records, hospital records and some diaries. It is also very much a living ...

Heritage Collections highlights

Peter Heathwood

Talks about rebuilding his life

Marie Breen-Smyth, the Associated Dean International at the University of Surrey, talks to Peter Heathwood. At home in Cliftonville in north Belfast, Peter was sitting with his wife and three young children after f...

WRDA Lectures – Margaret Ward

Lecture: the Ulster Suffragettes

A century ago, a passionate crowd packed the Ulster Hall to hear the leader of the Suffragette Movement, Emmeline Pankhurst demand votes for women. Leading feminist author Dr Margaret Ward returned to the same venue t...

Helen Bell

Tales from the lower Shankill

Born in 1947 in Hopewell Street at the bottom of the Shankill Road, Helen remembers the late 1960s and the first time that real “trouble” started on the Shankill Road, with rioting and flares being shot into the air. ...

Joe O Donnell

Short Strand community development

Reflecting on the housing conditions of his youth, Joe O Donnell explains, “Conditions were all very similar in that they were terrible. Most of the small two bedroom terraced houses in all of the working class areas ...