General Collections highlights

David Hughes

David Hughes is a writer/ artist. In 2007, he was given an award from Arts & Disability Awards Ireland to experiment with work which would combine text, photography, painting, assemblage, print, video, sound and m...

Dawn Of The Ulster Scots

A celebration in Donaghadee.

A rainy day did not prevent people from all over Ulster having fun day out. The Ulster Scots Agency organised a celebration in Donaghadee recounting the arrival in 1606 of pioneering Ayrshire lairds James Hamilton ...

Samuel Malcolmson

Surviving a shooting

Marie Breen-Smyth, Associate Dean International, University of Surrey, talks to Samuel Malcolmson about the injuries he received during the Troubles and how his life has been affected. Samuel had joined the RUC in ...

Suitcase Stories

Arts project by ArtsEkta which invited members of the local Indian community to tell their story in the form of unique suitcases, which they designed though a series of workshops. "The climate was different, the fo...

Heritage Collections highlights

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...

Aodán Mac Poilin

Irish language schooling

Aodán grew up on the Norfolk Road in west Belfast with his two sisters, his mother who was an Irish speaker and his father who worked as a civil servant. His parents were avid followers of hurling and Gaelic footba...

A Century Later: John Lennon

A dangerous job as an armourer in World War Two living on an airbase with constant air raids and the sound of bombs raining down. “We put guns and rockets into the aircraft and sent them on their way”

Albert Haslett

The Shankill during WW2

As a child, Albert grew up with his parents and 9 brothers and sisters in the Hammer, a poor neighbourhood of Belfast. The area was characterised by poor housing conditions. “The houses were just two up and two dow...