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Authors: Fiona Baird History Learning Officer, Ulster Museum and Karen Logan Project Curator of the Collecting the Troubles and Beyond Project.
Fiona Baird and Karen Logan provide an insight into the Collecting the Troubles and Beyond project as part of EPALEs thematic discussion on Active Citizenship. The three-year project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, aims to widen community engagement and support a full and inclusive narrative.
The Ulster Museum (part of National Museums Northern Ireland) is able to provide a unique environment in which the ‘Troubles’ period and Northern Ireland’s continuing emergence from years of conflict can be explored, discussed and reflected upon in context.
The concept of the gallery is that it is not a static space, but rather a dynamic and engaging one that offers a platform for further consideration. Central to its philosophy is the multiplicity and complexity of our history and how its interpretation is constantly evolving.
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Visitor interaction is key to the development of the gallery and visitors are actively encouraged to critically analyse the content on display and to suggest developmental themes, new narratives and objects.
Museum staff are working with a diverse range of groups representing different sectors of the community who can contribute to discussions around contemporary collecting and inform and oversee inclusivity.
Stimulating and thought provoking workshops exploring the period of the Troubles and beyond have been piloted. Through this programming participants will develop a greater understanding of the period and have the opportunity for self-reflection.
The participants are introduced to the period through a multi-media interactive experience which focuses on issues of cultural identity in Northern Ireland. Through engaging actively with a range of historical artefacts including prison art, a Nobel peace prize and a bomb disposal robot, and source material ranging from posters to iconic press photography, individuals can investigate the different events and perspectives of this period of history.
The plenary aspect of the workshop involves ‘silent dialogue’ where individuals place post-it comments next to objects, text or images that have had a significant impact on them. The group then read the content in silence. This method works particularly well as it is non-confrontational and allows freer expression which in turn provides an opportunity to experience alternative viewpoints.
You can find out more about the project as well as visit a number of online collections by visiting the website by clicking the link here.