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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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Boot of UDR Private

Boot of UDR Private

Boot worn by a Private of the 10th Battalion UDR when he was shot on the ankle when his patrol came under fire on the M1 bridge at Ladybrook. The boo...

Northern Ireland - the future

Northern Ireland - the future

Leaflet; Northern Ireland - the future. This leaflet outlines the contents of a Paper published by the Government entitled THE FUTURE OF NORTHERN IREL...

Photographic print

Photographic print

Mounted print showing graffiti on wall in east Belfast, 'Up Paisley' and 'O'Neill Must Go.' In the wake of the meeting between Terence O’Neill and Sea...

The Battle for Northern Ireland

The Battle for Northern Ireland

Booklet entitled 'The Battle for Northern Ireland', signed on front cover by Martin Smyth and Bill Gray; published by the County Grand Lodge of Belfas...

Refuse Eire Money, Boycott all her Goods

Refuse Eire Money, Boycott all her Goods

Poster published by the Ulster Constitution Defence Committee, an organisation chaired by Rev. Ian Paisley, in the late 1960s or early 1970s. 'Loyalis...

Photographic Print

Photographic Print

One of a series of pictures taken by loyalist prisoners inside the Maze Prison, often referred to as Long Kesh by both loyalist and republican prisone...

Savagery and Suffering

Savagery and Suffering

'Savagery and Suffering, A Glimpse at the Butchery and Brutality of the IRA, By Alderman Peter Robinson, MP'. Pages 23, showing images of the destruct...

End Force Feeding Now!

End Force Feeding Now!

Anti-British Government campaign against force feeding in prisons. Red and white printed banner-style poster, 'End Force Feeding Now!' This poster is ...

The British Press & Northern Ireland

The British Press & Northern Ireland

This 1972 pamphlet from Derry socialist Eamonn McCann attacked British press coverage in Northern Ireland. McCann claimed that the British press had b...

Photographic print

Photographic print

Mounted print showing the family of Mr Sean Russell, pictured in their living room. His widow and four children are shown on the sofa. Mr Russell, a C...

You have been Taught to Hate and Fear

You have been Taught to Hate and Fear

This poster was produced by Women Together which became active in cross-community activity in late 1970. The organisation later became Women Together ...

Photographic Print

Photographic Print

One of a series of pictures taken by loyalist prisoners inside the Maze Prison, often referred to as Long Kesh by both loyalist and republican prisone...

Who Goes There? Friend or Foe?

Who Goes There? Friend or Foe?

Leaflet containing an extract from The United Ulsterman, December 1972, entitled 'Who Goes There? Friend or Foe?', attacking the Bangor Spectator for...

Martin Smyth

Martin Smyth

This mounted coloured photographic portrait of Rev. Martin Smyth, wearing his Grand Master's Orange Collar. A minister of the Presbyterian church he w...

The Massacre of the Protestants in 1641

The Massacre of the Protestants in 1641

Leaflet entitled 'The Massacre of the Protestants in 1641 and The Seige of Londonderry' revised and published by the Ulster Loyalist Association. An o...

Ulster a Nation

Ulster a Nation

Leaflet entitleled 'Ulster - A Nation' published by Ulster Vanguard. In February 1972 William Craig formed Ulster Vanguard as an umbrella organisation...

Ulster 1980

Ulster 1980

Ulster 1980 Calendar, thank you to all our security forces...

Badge

Badge

Badge marking the bicentenary of 1798 and naming Rodai Mac Corlai, a United Irishman who took part in the 1798 rebellion and who was hanged at Toome B...

Photographic print

Photographic print

In 1964 Terence O’Neill became the first Northern Ireland Prime Minister to visit a Catholic school. This photograph was taken during O’Neill’s visit ...

Photographic Print

Photographic Print

One of a series of pictures taken by loyalist prisoners inside the Maze Prison, often referred to as Long Kesh by both loyalist and republican prisone...

Security Stepped up at Belfast Museum

Security Stepped up at Belfast Museum

Poster issued by the Newsletter, 'Security Stepped up at Belfast Museum.'...

RESISTANCE

RESISTANCE

RESISTANCE, Civilian Resistance pamphlet highlighting the importance of following Resistance tactics such as; A) Pay no RENTS, RATES etc. B) Buy no Br...

Spelling It Out, A Brief Statement of Basic Principles

Spelling It Out, A Brief Statement of Basic Principles

Leaflet issued by the Ulster Vanguard entitled 'Spelling It Out. A Brief Statement of Basic Principles' and stamped Ulster Vanguard Ulster Victory. Wi...

National Democratic Group

National Democratic Group

Poster issued by the National Democratic Group, founded 1966, which aimed to modernise nationalist politics in Northern Ireland. Among these groups we...

Information - Big Picture

Information - Big Picture

A security forces poster from the mid 1970s asking the public to pass on information. On this occasion the poster asks the public to phone confidentia...

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