Free Event: History in the Making – The Ulster Museum and the ‘Troubles and Beyond’…

On Good Friday 2018, the Ulster Museum opened its doors, and its collections, to a new commemorative exhibition entitled ‘The Troubles and Beyond’. Displayed across hundreds of objects and images, the gallery documents social, political, and cultural changes in Northern Ireland from the civil rights era to today’s post-conflict society.

The ‘Troubles’ affected almost everyone who lived in Northern Ireland and many others from further afield. Inevitably the interpretation of this period of our history is contested in terms of significance, meaning and responsibility. While we may have a shared past, we do not have a shared memory. Therefore the aim of this exhibition is to ensure a diverse and inclusive approach and to encourage community involvement.

The exhibition also brings together the wider social, economic, cultural, and political, influences which have shaped Northern Ireland. Objects on display include civil rights posters, prison artwork, LGBT history and even Dame Mary Peters’ Olympic gold medal.

But when it came to curating and pulling together this significant exhibition, what influenced the curators’ interpretations of the Troubles? And what historical and curatorial challenges did they encounter as they brought the realities of that past from collection to final exhibition?

Join BBC NI’s Marie-Louise Muir on Wednesday 8 May as she asks these and other questions in an exclusive interview with the creators of the Ulster Museum’s ‘The Troubles and Beyond’ exhibition, William Blair and Karen Logan.

Doors open with a wine reception at 7.30pm with the event kicking off at 8pm. You can register for this free event by clicking here.

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