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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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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...

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...

£50,000 Reward for Information

£50,000 Reward for Information

This poster, offering a £50,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of individuals for murder and explosions was produced in the 1970s. ...

1st Anniversary

1st Anniversary

Menu and invitation to a dinner in the Park Avenue Hotel Belfast to celebrate the First Anniversary of the Northern Ireland Executive, 28 May 1974 (UU...

Photographic print

Photographic print

Mounted print of Peter Ward. Peter, from the Falls Road, was 18 when he was murdered. Former UVF leader Gusty Spence was one of the gang and he was la...

The Struggle of the Irish People

The Struggle of the Irish People

Poster issued by Sinn Fein, 30 Gardiner Place, Dublin, during their anti-Imperialist festival July 22nd - August 3rd. This poster advertises one of tw...

Unstable Explosives

Unstable Explosives

A mid-1970s poster produced by the security forces warning that explosives can become unstable over time. Again the poster asks the public to pass on ...

Photographic print

Photographic print

Photomontage of image of Sean Lemass and image of Terence O'Neill mounted together on board, to represent the historic meeting between Terence O’Neill...

Vote SDLP / 1 McCloskey E.V. / A New North / A New Ireland

Vote SDLP / 1 McCloskey E.V. / A New North / A New Ireland

Electoral poster. issuing authority : SDLP. 'Vote SDLP 1 McCloskey E.V.; A New North; A New Ireland', black on day-glo pink....

Vote Robert Bradford

Vote Robert Bradford

Poster issued by the United Ulster Unionist Council for one of the 1974 UK General Elections of that year. 'United Unionists, Vote Robert Bradford for...

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....

One Strong Voice / Vote SDLP

One Strong Voice / Vote SDLP

Electoral poster. issuing authority : SDLP. 'One Strong Voice Vote SDLP', black on day-glo green....

A Divided Community? or Alliance

A Divided Community? or Alliance

Leaflet published by the Alliance Party, A Divided Community? or Alliance.You Know Northern Ireland can have a great future but only if Protestants an...

UVF Long Kesh

UVF Long Kesh

Painted on glass placard dedicated to U.V.F, R.H.C., and Y.C.V. This picture features images associated with the Ulster Volunteer Force and linked par...

comm

comm

Pair of Long Kesh/HMP Maze H-Block prison comms, written on cigarette papers, one in Irish one in English, referring to Hunger Strikers and O. C. H-Bl...

Let's Do Something about this Massive Misrepresentation

Let's Do Something about this Massive Misrepresentation

Leaflet pub;ished by the Ulster Unionist Council Public Relations Fund - Recently you will have seen many inaccurate articles and news reports about t...

Ulster Defence Regiment

Ulster Defence Regiment

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

BADGE; stamp

BADGE; stamp

Pin fastening badge with a piece of sponge adhered onto a piece of white cardboard which has the Ulster Vanguard Party Badge stamped on it. These were...

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...

This is an Eire Free Zone

This is an Eire Free Zone

A loyalist poster from the post Anglo-Irish Agreement period. Black and red on an orange background, 'This is an Eire Free Zone - Ulster Free Forever....

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...

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...

Insurrection

Insurrection

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

Lapel badge

Lapel badge

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

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...

Forward Ulster - Prosperity

Forward Ulster - Prosperity

Poster produced by the Ulster Unionist Party for the 1965 Northern Ireland parliamentary election. The UUP election slogan was Forward Ulster and the ...

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...

We Will Smash the Anglo-Irish Agreement

We Will Smash the Anglo-Irish Agreement

Poster issued by the Ulster Defence Association. Printed black on white, 'We Will Smash the Anglo-Irish Agreement but more importantly let us also bui...

Mairtin O Cadhain

Mairtin O Cadhain

Poster issued by the Worker's Party, printed in white on black with half tone of head and shoulders of Mairtin O Cadhain. O Cadhain was a prominent Ir...

United Ulster Unionist Election Manifesto

United Ulster Unionist Election Manifesto

Election literature, United Ulster Unionist Election Manifesto - featuring William Craig, Reg Empey, Eileen Paisley, David McNarry & Peter Robinson. P...

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...

Vote Mills

Vote Mills

Poster issued by the Democratic Unionist Party for the 1977 council Bye-Election. Printed black text on white. This DUP poster may refer to M.T. Mills...

DUP - Paisley

DUP - Paisley

Poster issued by the Democratic Unionist Party for the 1979 Westminster Election. 'Democratic Unionist vote for the Unionist you can trust - Paisley -...

A Puzzled Voter!

A Puzzled Voter!

Poster issued by the Ulster Unionist Party for the 1975 Northern Ireland Convention Election. 'A Puzzled Voter!' A poetic contribution on the state o...

VOTE NI LABOUR

VOTE NI LABOUR

Election Communication issued by the NILP. 'Vote NI Labour, 1 and 2 according to preference. DAVID BLEAKLEY & SANDY SCOTT.' Addressed to J Nesbitt, 19...

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...

You Can’t Have it Both Ways

You Can’t Have it Both Ways

Poster with Union Flag and Tricolour separated by an egg timer, 'You can't have it Both Ways; Council of Ireland, British Heritage. Save Ulster, Sign ...

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...

Remember Remember the 15th of November

Remember Remember the 15th of November

This poster was produced in the wake of the 1985 Anglo-Irish Agreement. Many unionists believed the Agreement gave the Irish Government undue influenc...

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....

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...

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

How Much Longer beofore you Join the Direct Rule Death Toll

How Much Longer beofore you Join the Direct Rule Death Toll

Poster issued by the United Unionist Action Council. 'How Much Longer beofore you Join the Direct Rule Death Toll. Restore Democracy - Save Ulster.' I...

Johnson

Johnson

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

Bleakley

Bleakley

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

Join Now

Join Now

Poster published in 1972 by South Antrim SDLP Branch. 'Join Now,' red text on light green background. An early recruiting poster for the Social Democr...

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 ...

Polling Day, Wednesday 30th May 1973

Polling Day, Wednesday 30th May 1973

POLLING CARD of William G Grady, Silverstream Drive, Belfast. Ballysillan. Local Elections Northern Ireland 1973....

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