General Collections highlights

Afghanistan: Chronotopia

A discussion between Belfast Exposed and Simon Norfolk on his wonderful exhibition of photographs, a personal vision of a war-ravaged landscape (2004). “I was reminded of the story of Schliemann’s discovery of the ...

WRDA Lectures – Baroness May Blood

Factory floor to the House of Lords

The inaugural lecture of the Anna Eggert lecture series, organised by the WRDA.  Baroness May Blood was the speaker for the afternoon and delivered a biographical lecture entitled “From the factory floor to the House ...

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 ...

Downpatrick Heritage Railway

Ireland's only full-size heritage railway celebrates 20 years. Entirely run by volunteers, this unique railway allows you to enjoy the beautiful countryside of County Down on board vintage passenger trains an...

Heritage Collections highlights

WRDA Lectures – Margaret Ward

Lecture: the Ulster Suffragettes

A century ago, a passionate crowd packed the Ulster Hall to hear the leader of the Suffragette Movement, Emmeline Pankhurst demand votes for women. Leading feminist author Dr Margaret Ward returned to the same venue t...

Joe Friel

Memories of Bloody Sunday

Marie Breen-Smyth the Associated Dean International at the University of Surrey talks to Joe Friel. Joe took part in a demonstration in what came to be known as the Bloody Sunday demonstration in Derry on 30th Janu...

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...

Joanna McMinn

Advancing women's education

Joanna moved to Dublin from Cornwall, at the age of 17, to enrol at the National University of Ireland. “It was 1967 at the beginning of all the riots and student protests in Paris, it was a very exciting time. When I...