Reframing Northern Ireland's 1968 in a 'post-conflict' context

Reynolds, C. ORCID: 0000-0002-3704-8425 and Blair, W., 2018. Reframing Northern Ireland's 1968 in a 'post-conflict' context. In: J. Savić, ed., Museums of cities and contested urban histories. CAMOC Annual Conference 2017, Mexico City, October 2017: book of proceedings. CAMOC: ICOM International Committee for Collections and Activities of Museums of Cities, pp. 212-222. ISBN 9789290124337

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A fundamental challenge facing modern academics is how to translate new research perspectives into public impact. This paper will discuss a creative collaboration that bridges academic research and museum practice in areas of interpretative and public engagement. Focused on the Ulster Museum in Belfast, a new exhibition "Northern Ireland's 1968" provides a critical new dimension to the visitors' experience of contemporary history. The project has involved producing filmed testimonies that widen the framework of public memory, supported by contemporary collecting, public programming and the development of new learning resources. Dealing with the legacy of the past is the principal challenge facing Northern Irish society, and the cause of the conflict remains a highly contested political issue. Revisiting 1968 challenges assumptions about the inevitability of conflict and opens opportunities for creative dialogue around issues of human rights and political reform that continue to resonate with contemporary relevance. This paper seeks to reflect on the encounter between the academic and the museum and what lessons are to be taken from dealing with what remains of such a contested and divisive past.

Item Type: Chapter in book
Alternative Title: La reformulación de 1968 de Irlanda del Norte en el context "posconflicto" [parallel title]
Creators: Reynolds, C. and Blair, W.
Publisher: CAMOC: ICOM International Committee for Collections and Activities of Museums of Cities
Date: April 2018
ISBN: 9789290124337
Divisions: Schools > School of Arts and Humanities
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 21 Sep 2018 11:51
Last Modified: 21 Sep 2018 11:51

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