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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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Introducing Your Democratic Unionist Candidate

Introducing Your Democratic Unionist Candidate

Handbill produced by the Democratic Unionist Party, 'Introducing Your Democratic Unionist Candidate - Alderman PETER ROBINSON - Then Vote for the Unio...

Don't Fraternise!

Don't Fraternise!

Poster issued by Sinn Fein in 1970 as a response to the events of the Falls curfew imposed by the British Army over the period of 3-5 July 1970. The c...

Poster

Poster

Electoral poster : Fine Gael, full colour photograph of Garret Fitzgerald : thin green, white and broad yellow strip at bottom, 'Get it right with Gar...

Sign the Petition Here

Sign the Petition Here

Poster issued by the Democratic Unionist Party, printed black text on white, in early 1974. The anti-Sunningdale petition was signed by more than 300,...

Vote Alliance

Vote Alliance

Poster issued by the Alliance Party for the 1975 Northern Ireland Convention Election. 'In your heart you know it's right - Vote Alliance.' Printed bl...

HAT; Ulster Defence Association Camouflaged Hat

HAT; Ulster Defence Association Camouflaged Hat

Ulster Defence Association camouflaged hat. Button up side piece, printed triangular badge of violet with purple outline map of the six counties, unde...

Vote Hume

Vote Hume

Poster issued by the Social Democratic and Labour Party for the 1979 European Election. Printed red, green and black on white with a head and shoulder...

Vote Ulster Labour - Vote Boyd

Vote Ulster Labour - Vote Boyd

Poster issued by the NILP, Northern Ireland Labour Party and dates from the time of the UK General Election in 1964. In West Belfast the NILP candidat...

Thank you for your donation to the UDR Benevolent Fund

Thank you for your donation to the UDR Benevolent Fund

Adhesive badge on mount issued by the Ulster Defence Regiment, 'Thank you for your donation to the UDR Benevolent Fund.' The UDR Benevolent Fund was c...

Ulster Defence Regiment For Peace Sake

Ulster Defence Regiment For Peace Sake

Sheet of 12, coloured UDR stickers, 'For Peace Sake,' issued by the Ulster Defence Regiment. Printed in yellow, red, blue and green. These brightly co...

The Murderers have a Choice - Their Victims had None

The Murderers have a Choice - Their Victims had None

An anti-republican poster with a large H with small crosses; 'The Murderers have a Choice - Their Victims had None.' Printed black on pink. This poste...

Workers, Kill Sectarianism!

Workers, Kill Sectarianism!

Poster issued by the Republican Clubs. 'Workers, Kill Sectarianism!' Printed in black and red on white with a hand with pliers squeezing a snake. The ...

Republican newspaper

Republican newspaper

Republican newspaper, An Phoblacht, dated 29/01/1998 with the headline 'Sectarian Slaughter'....

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...

Republican calendar

Republican calendar

Republican Resistance Calendar 1997....

Magilligan 1972

Magilligan 1972

Mat crocheted / knitted, inscribed 'Magilligan 1972' made by Republican detainee in H.M.P Magilligan, Co. Londonderry, following the introduction of i...

Loyalist Handkerchief

Loyalist Handkerchief

Loyalist handkerchief made in Long Kesh by a Ballymena Loyalist prisoner, unusual in that the U.D.A, U.V.F and U.F.F are all represented on the artwor...

You are now entering Free Derry

You are now entering Free Derry

Poster based on the mural ‘You are now entering Free Derry’ on Free Derry corner. The poster states that the mural was first painted on 1/6/69 by Joh...

Vote David Herron

Vote David Herron

Unionist Loyalist coalition candidate for South Down. Vote David Herron No.1 SERVICE EVER SURRENDER NEVER. Published by George McKnight, Rathfriland....

Festival of The Oppressed

Festival of The Oppressed

Poster issued by the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association, advertising an event organised by the NICRA in Belfast in October 1972. 'The Festival ...

Oliver Napier - Your voice in Europe

Oliver Napier - Your voice in Europe

Election Communication - European Election - 7th June 1979. ALLIANCE - The Party for EUROPE. Oliver Napier - Your voice in Europe. Published by John C...

Paisley

Paisley

Poster issued by the Democratic Unionist Party for the first European Parliamentary Elections in 1979. Ian Paisley topped the poll with 29.8% of first...

Vote PAISLEY

Vote PAISLEY

Election literature/card - Vote PAISLEY ; 'Your friend, Ian R. K. Paisley.' Published by Rev. James Beggs, Ballymena...

Victory to the IRA

Victory to the IRA

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 Alliance

Vote Alliance

Poster issued by the Alliance Party for the 1973 Northern Ireland Assembly Election. 'Vote Alliance for a New Start.' Printed black and red on bright ...

British Democracy or Brussels Dictorship - Which? Vote No to the Common Market

British Democracy or Brussels Dictorship - Which? Vote No to the Common Market

Poster issued by the Democratic Unionist Party. Printed in red and black on white. 'British Democracy or Brussels Dictorship - Which? Vote No to the C...

UDA – UDR – UVF Spot the Difference?

UDA – UDR – UVF Spot the Difference?

Postcard issued by the People's Democracy. 'UDA – UDR – UVF Spot the Difference.' A mid-1970s postcard from the People’s Democracy attacking the Ulste...

Refuse Eire Money - Boycott

Refuse Eire Money - Boycott

Poster issued by the Ulster Constitution Defence Committee, an organisation chaired by Rev. Ian Paisley, in the late 1960s or early 1970s. The poster ...

Vote Vanguard Unionist

Vote Vanguard Unionist

Poster issued by the Vanguard Unionist Party. 'Vote Vanguard Unionist - Say yes to the Unionism of Carson & Craig.' This poster is one of a series pro...

Vote Vanguard Unionist

Vote Vanguard Unionist

Vanguard Unionist election poster for the June 1973 Northern Ireland Assembly election. Printed blue on white with Vanguard logos in top corners. 'Nor...

Poster

Poster

Poster of a mural that was painted on 1/9/97 by the Bogside Artists in Derry. The mural depicts scenes from the 'Battle of the Bogside' and features ...

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...

Prisoner Welfare Clock

Prisoner Welfare Clock

Prisoner welfare clock, made in Long Kesh in the early 1970s. Clocks were made by prisoners and raffled in republican areas to raise funds for their f...

Stevenson No. 1

Stevenson No. 1

Northern Ireland Labour Party poster promoting candidate Stevenson for Derry for the Assembly Elections 1973. Grace D Stevenson stood for the Northern...

No.1 HOLMES NILP

No.1 HOLMES NILP

Northern Ireland Labour Party poster highlighting No.1 HOLMES for South Belfast Assembly Elections 1973. Published by NILP, Cheviot Ave, Belfast....

Special Notice

Special Notice

A confidential notice from the Chief Constable of Devon and Cornwall Constabulary dating from February 1972. The notice states that Bridget Rose Dugda...

Wallet

Wallet

Loyalist wallet made in H.M.P The Maze: Long Kesh by a UVF prisoner from East Belfast. It features a picture of King William on a white horse....

Tufty Says Keep Out

Tufty Says Keep Out

This Northern Ireland Office poster is aimed at keeping children away from derelict buildings. The poster uses the cartoon figure of Tufty the squirre...

SDLP Vote Caraher

SDLP Vote Caraher

Poster issued by the SDLP, Candidate Caraher for South Belfast Assembly Elections 1973. Ben Caraher stood for the SDLP in South Belfast and received 3...

MURDER

MURDER

'Murder.' A poster showing photofit impressions of two women wanted in connection with an incident involving the murder of three soldiers. In a ‘honey...

1st Choice - Smyth

1st Choice - Smyth

Poster issued the Republican Clubs, The Worker's Party, '1st Choice, SMYTH, The Worker's Voice.' This poster refers to Kevin Smyth who stood as a Work...

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...

Vote No

Vote No

Poster issued by the Democratic Unionist Party. Printed in red and black on white. 'British Democracy or Brussels Dictorship - Which? Vote No to the C...

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...

Vote Vanguard Unionist

Vote Vanguard Unionist

Vanguard Unionist poster, printed blue and day-glo orange on white. 'Say No to a Council of Ireland.' The party was opposed to the government’s propos...

All we ask - Facts

All we ask - Facts

Poster issued by the UDA (Ulster Defence Association), highlighting the conditions of loyalist prisoners and arguing that republican prisoners receive...

I'm Official Unionist

I'm Official Unionist

Two round paper stickers showing a face made from the motto 'I'm Official Unionist.' These stickers were produced by the Ulster Unionist Party, probab...

Forward to Victory

Forward to Victory

Poster with message 'Forward to Victory - Join the Ulster Clubs,' with an image of a man, woman and two children sheltering under a Northern Ireland f...

British Connection

British Connection

Poster issued by the Unionist Publicity Department in March 1973 to urge support for the British connection during the Referendum on the subject. Prin...

You Want Peace

You Want Peace

Leaflet published by the Alliance Party, 'You Want Peace - Republican & Loyalist areas both gripped by Terrorism. Alliance is for You.' An early recru...

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