General Collections highlights

The Arts Revisited: Community Arts in Northern Ireland

The growth of community arts.

This film documents the phenomenal growth of community arts, a movement, which continues to be a real success story for Belfast. The film captures the enthusiasm of the thousands of people who take part and demonstrat...

Neil Shawcross: The Portrait

“It’s a purely natural and innate thing in me. It’s always been there. The less I have to think and just paint...the better.” Neil Shawcross Neil Shawcross grew up and studied art in Lancashire, England before movi...

A Century Later: Lee Lavis

A soldier in the British Army discovers his love for a country that is finding peace after decades of war. “I had a realization that the conflict was not just about me as a soldier or soldiers and soldiers as victi...

The Invisible Artist

The comic booklet: once a mass market media form, it has all but disappeared from our shelves in the last twenty years. This film explores the hidden heritage of Belfast centric cartooning that goes back centuries. Mo...

Heritage Collections highlights

War Stories – The Death Railway Survivor

The Far East in WW2.

During WW2, Mossley man Jim McCall was a Royal Navy wireless telegraphist who served aboard HMS Prince of Wales during its legendary engagement with the German battleship Bismarck. Attacked by Japanese torpedo plan...

Hazel McCready

Marie Breen-Smyth, Associate Dean International, University of Surrey, talks to Hazel McCready, a former part time police officer who was injured whilst driving to work. Mother of one, Hazel McCready was a teacher ...

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...

Eileen Bell

Politics, community work and peace activism

Eileen has worked extensively in Northern Ireland politics, community work and peace activism. “I was brought up to believe that everybody was the same, that there were no differences…”    Born in Dromara at the en...