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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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Victory to the IRA 1974

Victory to the IRA 1974

Poster issued by the I. R. A., Irish Republican Army, printed in pink with black text, over an image of a of an IRA activist with a machine-gun in Der...

Another Step Forward / Vote / SDLP

Another Step Forward / Vote / SDLP

Electoral poster. issuing authority : SDLP. 'Another Step Forward Vote SDLP', blue on day-glo orange....

Peace - Join the UDR

Peace - Join the UDR

This recruitment advertisement for the Ulster Defence Regiment emphasises the regiment’s role as peacekeepers and to do something practical by joining...

Force Feeding is Torture

Force Feeding is Torture

This poster is one of a series produced by supporters of eight republicans convicted of exploding car bombs in London in March 1973. The ten week long...

Poster

Poster

Northern Ireland Election; Democratic Unionist Party poster printed in red and blue: outline map of Northern Ireland with question mark : photograph o...

Insurrection

Insurrection

National Democratic Group poster, 'The only Direction is - Insurrection. The only Solution is Revolution.' Advertising for a meeting held in the Minor...

Vote Vanguard Unionist

Vote Vanguard Unionist

Vanguard Unionist Party poster, blue and orange on white. 'Say Yes to the Party with an Honest Voice.' Poster for the Assembly Elections 1973. The par...

Allen & Young NILP

Allen & Young NILP

Northern Ireland Labour Party poster. No. 1 & 2 in order of your preference ALLEN & YOUNG NILP. Published by NILP, Cheviot Ave, Belfast....

Security Stepped up at Belfast Museum

Security Stepped up at Belfast Museum

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

McHugh

McHugh

Northern Ireland Labour Party poster for candidate McHugh for north Antrim, Westminster Election, June 1970. White poster with black text and peace do...

Murder Murder

Murder Murder

Police leaflet appealing for information via the Confidential Telephone relating to the petrol bombing of the La Mon House Hotel, Gransha Road, Castle...

Republican Movement

Republican Movement

Poster issued by Republican movement. Printed red on white. 'Republican Movement, Easter Parade Leaves Beechmount 3pm.'...

Vote Alliance 1,2 & 3

Vote Alliance 1,2 & 3

Poster with Alliance insignia, black text on lime green background. Alliance Party Candidates; Crothers, Gawn and Tomlin for South Antrim, Assembly El...

Vote SDLP

Vote SDLP

Northern Ireland Local Government Elections 30th May 1973, SDLP Belfast Area D. Highlighting candidates; Gillespie, McCarron, mckenna, O'Connor, O'Don...

They could be firebombs

They could be firebombs

Official poster produced by the NI Government, 'They may look harmless but they could be firebombs - Report anything suspicious.' Printed white, red, ...

Kill Sectarianism not Workers

Kill Sectarianism not Workers

Poster issued by the Republican Clubs Secretariat. Inside a black border 'Kill Sectarianism not Workers.' The poster highlighted the party’s concerns...

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...

Dublin is Just a Sunningdale away

Dublin is Just a Sunningdale away

This poster was produced for the February 1974 UK General Election, at Westminster. 'Dublin is just a sunningdale away, Vote United Unionist - Paisley...

Ulster Says No

Ulster Says No

Poster issued by the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland, 'Ulster Says No.' Printed white and blue on a red background. This iconic poster from 1985 feature...

Vote Paisley

Vote Paisley

An election poster produced for the Westminster Election Campaign, February 28th 1974. 'Vote Paisley, Service Ever - Surrender Never,' with a Union Ja...

Border Poll 1973

Border Poll 1973

Border Poll 1973 The Alliance Party says - Without Britain we're Sunk! Published by the Alliance Party of Northern Ireland, Alliance Headquarters, 6 ...

Poster

Poster

Poster entitled ‘Too Long a Sacrifice’ featuring individual panels on those who died in the Hunger Strike of 1981....

Ulster still says NO

Ulster still says NO

Poster issued by the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland, 'Ulster Still Says No.' Printed with white and red text on a dark blue background. This poster was...

Vote Kennedy

Vote Kennedy

Incomplete poster 'Vote Kennedy.' This poster refers to Paddy Kennedy. Standing for Republican Labour in West Belfast during the 1973 NI Assembly elec...

For God and Ulster - Emergency

For God and Ulster - Emergency

A poster from the Ulster Constitution Defence Committee which was established by Rev. Ian Paisley in 1966. 'For God and Ulster - Emergency, All Protes...

Vote N. D. P.

Vote N. D. P.

Poster issued National Democratic Party, featuring candidate MacAllister for South Antrim for the Westminister Election, June 1970. 'Vote N. D. P. - M...

Go-Ahead with O'Neill

Go-Ahead with O'Neill

An Ulster Unionist election poster featuring the then Unionist leader and Northern Ireland Prime Minister Terence O’Neill. 'Go Ahead with O'Neill, Vot...

Ulster Defence Regiment

Ulster Defence Regiment

A recruitment leaflet for the Ulster Defence Regiment. 'The newest Regiment in the British Army.'...

Ulster Awake Now - No Surrender

Ulster Awake Now - No Surrender

Poster issued by the Democratic Unionist Party during the post Anglo-Irish Agreement period. The cartoon itself is probably by Rowel Friers and shows ...

Ulster Defence Regiment

Ulster Defence Regiment

A recruitment brochure for the Ulster Defence Regiment portraying a UDR soldier in a more active pose....

Stop

Stop

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

Vote SDLP

Vote SDLP

Northern Ireland Election poster, with printed black text, 'Vote SDLP (Social Democratic and Labour Party).' An early SDLP poster produced for the 197...

VOTE SDLP

VOTE SDLP

Poster issued by the SDLP (Social Democratic Labour Party), Larkfield Branch. Produced in May 1973, screen-printed black on yellow dayglo background. ...

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...

Don't Pay Their Rent

Don't Pay Their Rent

Poster published by the People's Democracy. 'Don't Pay Their Rent.' Printed in black hand lettering on a light blue background with a cartoon image of...

Bodenstown 1972

Bodenstown 1972

Poster issued by Sinn Fein, black on white. 'Bodenstown 1972,' Wolfe Tone Commemoration Parade, Sallins, Co. Kilkare. Sunday June 18th 1972. Speaker, ...

Republican calendar

Republican calendar

Republican Resistance Calendar 1998....

Republican calendar

Republican calendar

Republican Resistance Calendar 2002....

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 ...

Bleakley

Bleakley

Northern Ireland Labour Party poster for candidate Bleakley for East Belfast, Westminster Election, June 1970. White poster with black text and peace ...

Johnson

Johnson

Northern Ireland Labour Party poster for candidate Johnson for South Antrim, Westminister Election, June 1970. White poster with black text and peace ...

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...

Republican picture 'Meon na Saoirse'

Republican picture 'Meon na Saoirse'

Republican picture made in Long Kesh entitled Meon na Saoirse (Spirit of Freedom). It features portraits of Hunger Strikers and prisoners on the dirt...

Lapel badge

Lapel badge

Lapel badge 'Francis Hughes Irish Freedom Fighter'...

Vote Vanguard Unionist

Vote Vanguard Unionist

Ulster Vanguard poster printed blue on 'day-glo' orange. 'Say Yes for a New Constitution.' Vanguard Unionist Party for Assembly Elections 1973. The pa...

Vote Vanguard Unionist

Vote Vanguard Unionist

Vanguard Unionist Party poster, blue and orange on white. 'Say No to Yesterday's Men.' Poster for the Assembly Elections 1973. The party was opposed ...

Republican calendar

Republican calendar

Republican Resistance Calendar 2005....

Ulster Vanguard

Ulster Vanguard

Ulster Vanguard poster printed black on white. 'Willie Whitewash.. I'll soon have this job finished.' Issued by the Ulster Vanguard as an attack on Wi...

Labour

Labour

Northern Ireland Labour Party poster Vote for Candidates Hannon, Moyna and Watson for Belfast, Electoral Area D. In Belfast area D the NILP candidates...

Northern Ireland and the EEC

Northern Ireland and the EEC

Official poster issued from the Northern Ireland Office, 'Northern Ireland and the EEC.' Printed black and white on a pink background. This pamphlet w...

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