General Collections highlights

Rose Petals on the Path

In the 1940s and 50s it is estimated that there were a staggering 300,000 bicycles on the roads of Northern Ireland. As a sporting machine they produced athletes who perform feats of endurance, breaking records and st...

An Ghaeilge i nGéibheann? The Irish Language in Prison

The Irish Language in Prison.

This film is subtitled. Sa chlár seo ghlacann Dr Fergal Mac Ionnrachtaigh muid tríd stair speisiúil na Gaeilge. Ón chéad ionradh a rinne na Normannaigh i 1166 go dtí fás na Gaelscolaíocht ó thuaidh inniu. Míníonn F...

Out of Bounds

Despite regeneration plans being released in 2005, the area of Parkside in Newington on the Limestone Road in North Belfast has continued to decline. Local residents talk about their frustration with conditio...

Bel Canto, School of Singing

The Bel Canto School of Singing is one of the first specialist singing school of its kind in Northern Ireland. Aimed at young, emerging singers who wish to formalise their learning through graded singing exams, the...

Heritage Collections highlights

Kathleen Kelly

Teaching and community development

The ten years, Kathleen spent as a teacher in the primary school in North Queen Street, brought home to her the poverty in which the children she taught, lived. Originally from east Belfast, where her father was a ...

Joseph Ricketts

To Belfast from Jamaica

Born and raised in Jamaica, Joseph’s father was a contractor who believed his sons should be responsible for their own land and be able to manage work on a farm. When they came of age, Joseph and his three brothers ha...

HMS Caroline

A tour with Commander Martin Quinn.

A tour of the ship with Commander Martin Quinn and reflections on its history by those who served on her. HMS Caroline is a decommissioned C-class light cruiser of the Royal Navy.  Caroline was launched and commiss...

War Stories – Minesweeper

Memories of WW2 mine clearing.

Local veteran, Gerry Isherwood, served on various ocean-going minesweepers throughout the war and was part of a force that cleared mines off Omaha Beach prior to the Allied invasion of June 6th, 1944. Gerry also wi...