General Collections highlights

A Pensioners Manifesto

2010 Launch at City Hall of a unique pensioner's election campaign, which aims to harness the power of the 'grey vote' in the lead up to the General Election. The campaign which has been named 'A Pensioners Manifes...

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...

A Century Later: Roberta Gray

A woman’s fight against depression and how she got her life back through work in a women's centre. “I have progressed so far that now working in the women’s centre I have something to get up for in the mornin...

Conway Mill: The Realisation of a Dream

Regeneration in West Belfast.

After many years of overcoming hurdles and struggling to raise funds, the £5m Conway Mill restoration was finally launched at a gala gathering. The Mill is aimed at promoting social/economic regeneration, job creat...

Heritage Collections highlights

Jennifer McNern

Surviving a bomb blast

Marie Breen-Smyth, Associated Dean International at the University of Surrey talks to Jennifer McNern about her experiences of the violence of The Troubles. Jennifer was injured on March 4th, 1972, during a shoppin...

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 ...

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...

Dealing with the Past

Lives affected by the Troubles

Interviews from those whose lives were affected by the Troubles. Alan McBride Alan lost his wife and father-in-law in the Shankill bomb in October 1993, murdered by the IRA. “I’ve been hurt and damaged, I’ve...