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Troubles

The history of Northern Ireland from the late 1960s onwards has been dominated by the civil and political conflict commonly referred to as ‘the Troubles’. The traumatic events of the years after 1968 touched almost everyone who lived here and many others from further afield.

The Troubles collection consists mainly of political posters and ephemera, many of which date from the early to mid-1970s. There are also many examples of prison-made objects, badges and artworks. Inevitably the interpretation of these events is contested in terms of significance, meaning and responsibility. While we have a shared past we do not have a shared memory.

The Troubles did not take place in a vacuum. Major changes were taking place in society and the economy at the same time. Through a new initiative entitled ‘Collecting the Troubles and Beyond’ we are working to build our collection to cover social change, working life, arts and culture, and the ever changing environment around us.

We have collected material relating to everyday experiences, music and sports as well as the experiences of the LGBT community and others.

Do you have objects, photographs or stories that you would like to share with the museum? If so, we would be interested to hear from you. Please contact Karen Logan, Project Curator, on 028 9039 5160 or karen.logan@nmni.com.

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Poster

Poster

Poster entitled ‘Battle of the Bogside’ showing a mural first painted by the Bogside artists in Derry on 25/06/94. The mural featured a boy wearing a...

Go-Ahead with O'Neill

Go-Ahead with O'Neill

'Go-Ahead with O'Neill' lapel badge. Published by UUC, Glengall St, Belfast, printed by W & G Baird Ltd. An Ulster Unionist election sticker/badge fea...

The First Sign of Hope

The First Sign of Hope

This recruiting poster was produced by the Alliance party in 1972 shortly after the introduction of Direct Rule in March that year. The First Sign of ...

Ulster's Finances

Ulster's Finances

Booklet entitled 'Ulster's Finances.' This pamphlet attacks the view that Northern Ireland would not be economically viable without economic support f...

You wouldn't give a terrorist a gun.. so don't let him have your car!

You wouldn't give a terrorist a gun.. so don't let him have your car!

Official poster issued for public safety-awareness. 'You wouldn't give a terrorist a gun.. so don't let him have your car! - Remember All car bombs ar...

Petition Signing Centre

Petition Signing Centre

A poster produced by the anti-Sunningdale Agreement unionist umbrella organisation the United Ulster Unionist Council in early 1974. 'Petition Signing...

Seminars on Incendiary Attacks

Seminars on Incendiary Attacks

Letter; 'Seminar on Incendiary Attacks for Retailers', to be held on Wed 19th Jan 1994. Signed by the Crime Prevention Officer, RUC Musgrave Street, B...

Why Sinn Fein asks you to Boycott the Convention Elections

Why Sinn Fein asks you to Boycott the Convention Elections

Leaflet; Why Sinn Fein asks you to Boycott the Convention Elections. 'Ireland unfree shall never be at peace - ONE STRONG VOICE - BOYCOTT.'...

Vote Vanguard Unionist

Vote Vanguard Unionist

Ulster Vanguard poster printed blue on white. Vanguard Unionist and Loyalist coalition candidates for North Antrim, Assembly Elections 1973. Candidate...

James Connolly Commemoration Ceili

James Connolly Commemoration Ceili

Poster advertisement for the 'James Connolly Commemoration Ceili.' Ceili to be held in Fiesta Ballroom, in Hamilton Street, Belfast, 22nd May 1974. Pr...

SUPPORT THE S.D.L.P. / VOTE S.D.L.P. 1 & 2

SUPPORT THE S.D.L.P. / VOTE S.D.L.P. 1 & 2

Northern Ireland Election poster; issuing authority : SDLP. green strip at top and bottom : photographs of candidates John O'Hagan and John Turnly....

Model of a traditional Irish cottage

Model of a traditional Irish cottage

Model of an old Irish traditional cottage made in Long Kesh in the 1970s using materials available in prison - papier-mâché for walls, bristles from a...

A Firebomber could be anyone in a crowd

A Firebomber could be anyone in a crowd

Official poster issued by the NI Government. 'A Firebomber could be anyone in a crowd - if you see anything suspicious - dial 999.' Printed black, whi...

Murder

Murder

Anti-British Government banner style poster 'Murder: Derry 13/Winchester 4.' Printed red and white on red background. This poster is one of a series p...

Poster

Poster

Poster relating to a Hunger Strike march on Thursday 30th October with the message 'Dont Let this Happen' and two coffins imposed on the letter H, org...

Drumcree Holidays '97

Drumcree Holidays '97

Satirical leaflet entitled 'Drumcree Holidays '97, computer generated and photocopied. The controversy surrounding an Orange parade along the largely ...

Resist Repression

Resist Repression

Poster issued by Republican Clubs. Black on white poster with art work showing a baton swinging, by Fitzpatrick. Produced by the Revolution Press. Art...

Statement Issued by Belfast Brigade

Statement Issued by Belfast Brigade

Statement Issued by Belfast Brigade IRA. Following the Incident in Twinbrook on Tuesday 27th Feb the Belfast Brigade have carried out a full detailed ...

Coulthard

Coulthard

Northern Ireland Labour Party poster Vote for Coulthard for South Belfast Westminister Election, June 1970. This poster was produced by the NILP for t...

The Future of Northern Ireland

The Future of Northern Ireland

Leaflet entitled 'The Future of Northern Ireland,' printed copy of a statement made by William Craig on behalf of the United Ulster Unionest Council r...

Vote Official Unionist

Vote Official Unionist

Official Unionist poster highlighting candidates; Broadhurst, Faulkner and Martin for South Down Assembly Elections 1973. Printed blue on white. Brian...

Proclamation

Proclamation

Tara poster, blue print on white. 'Proclamation.' A Proclamation published by the strongly loyalist and Protestant organisation Tara. This proclamatio...

Candidates for South Ulster

Candidates for South Ulster

Election literature; Candidates for South Ulster - United Ulster Unionist Party (Vanguard Unionist Party) No.1 JORDAN - No.2 TRIMBLE. Published by Ma...

Loyalists Act Now

Loyalists Act Now

Poster issued by the Ulster Clubs, 'Loyalist Act Now, Your chance to actually do something against the Anglo-Irish Summit. Boycott all Republic of Ire...

Poster

Poster

Poster for Ulster Democratic Unionist Party parade 'Join us on the Carson Trail' . printed in red and blue with two union jack flags and a lithograph ...

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