General Collections highlights

The Insider – Yes, Minister

An Insider story about housing issues in the Village including an interview with the then newly appointed Minister for Social Development, Margaret Ritchie. The housing campaign was conduced over several years from...

The Long Haul & The Kazoo Orchestra: Black Mountain Rescue in Belfast

A local environmental protest.

On Saturday October 21st, 1995, activists from "Black Mountain Rescue" turned up at the premises of White Mountain Quarries protesting at the destruction and erosion of the Black Mountain. On their way to the quarr...

Shared Lives in Ballyclare

As part of a cross community initiative, older people from Ballyclare came together at the Town Hall to reminisce about their lives and times gone by and comment on how the world has changed around them. Stories ar...

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...

Heritage Collections highlights

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 ...

Bobby Foster

Highfield to Canada and back

“As a boy, Highfield was a fantastic place to grow up. We passed our time up the mountain doing the things that kids did. One of the highlights of the year was bonfire night, anything that grew on branches we were tak...

Helen Crickard

Redefining women’s roles in society

Helen grew up in a family of ten, five boys and five girls in Carrickfergus. “My early childhood in Carrickfergus was great, coming from a big family there was always something going on, we lived in a nice housing ...

Padraic Fiacc

The life of a poet

Poet Padraic Fiacc was born Patrick Joseph (Joe) O Connor in Belfast on Elizabeth Street in 1923. The First World War had ended and Padraic remembers that “everybody went half mad when the war was over, and my moth...