General Collections highlights

In Our Time – Creating Arts Within Reach

Creating Arts Within Reach

Belfast has seen a remarkable expansion in community arts activity over the last forty years, since the 1970s, putting it at the forefront of the movement within the UK and Ireland to change the way art is seen. It ha...

East Belfast: Past, Present and Future – Part Two

The industrial past of E. Belfast. Pt.2.

Second programme in the trilogy examines present day east Belfast and the lack of opportunities for young people, which leads some to recreational rioting, drugs, drink, referral through the youth justice system or in...

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...

A Century Later: John Campbell

A day on Belfast docks, a place filled with lively characters, back breaking work and casual violence, described in vivid detail by a docker turned author. “Although life was hard on the docks I wouldn’t have chang...

Heritage Collections highlights

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...

Linda Bunting

Dealing with trauma

Marie Breen-Smyth, Associate Dean International, University of Surrey, talks to Linda Bunting about her husband Alex Bunting. Alex was injured in an explosion. Linda talks about the hardships she and her family have h...

War Stories – The D Day Commando

Remembering D-Day.

Former Royal Marine Commando Tommy Fulton talks about his combat experiences in World War Two. As a Commando, Tommy was one of the first soldiers ashore on the Normandy beaches on D Day in June 1944, and his unit t...

Sam McAughtry

In conversation with Sam

Internationally respected, Sam McAughtry is a writer and broadcaster who was born in the Tigers Bay area of Belfast in 1923. Sam, one of a family of ten children, recalls the living conditions of the time “Tigers Bay ...