General Collections highlights

A Century Later: Clara Reilly

How the tragic death of a child from a plastic bullet outside her front door in Turf Lodge during the height of the Troubles was the beginning of a campaign to put a stop to further bloodshed. “Plastic Bullets were...

WRDA Lectures – Dr Myrtle Hill

Pioneers, Protestors and Preachers

The second lecture, of the Anna Eggert Lecture Series, took place on 8th December and was delivered by Dr Myrtle Hill from Queen’s University who spoke on “Pioneers, Protestors and Preachers: Belfast’s Forgotten Women...

A Tale Of Two Libraries – The Shankill

Filmed in conjunction with the Falls Library during their centenary year, the Shankill Library was the younger of the two libraries, in its 80th year. The documentary looks at the important role the library has ...

A Century Later: Roberta Gray

A woman’s fight against depression and how she got her life back through work in a women's centre. “I have progressed so far that now working in the women’s centre I have something to get up for in the mornin...

Heritage Collections highlights

Surviving the Holocaust

Surviving Auschwitz.

A conversation with Dr. Hajo G. Meyer, a German Dutch physicist. Born in 1924 in Bielefeld, Germany, he fled to the Netherlands, alone in 1938. In 1944, after a year in the underground, he was caught and subsequently ...

Ballymurphy – The People’s Co-ops

The story of Ballymurphy Enterprises

Like many cities in Britain, Belfast suffered industrial decline in the 1960s.  High unemployment rates were the norm for many of the housing estates in west Belfast. “Official statistics in Ballymurphy had 37% of ...

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...

Northern Ireland War Memorial

A history of NI during WW2.

"The authorities in Belfast were disgracefully complacent about the possibility of air raids in Belfast... they argued that Belfast was the furthest place from Germany.. the bombers will not get here... well they were...