The mid to late 1960s saw increasing activity to expose discrimination in Northern Ireland.
1968: a pivotal year, and not just for Northern Ireland. This exhibition encourages a fresh look at this crucial period in Northern Ireland's history. It is told in the words of some of those most directly involved at the time.Explore Troubles and Beyond
Voices of ‘68 tells the story of the Northern Ireland civil rights movement based on oral history testimonies that explore the contested nature of memories of this vital period. The exhibition highlights how we can critically and constructively confront potentially divisive moments in Northern Ireland’s contested past.
The exhibition is one part of a collaborative project between National Museums NI and Dr Chris Reynolds from Nottingham Trent University. The project has involved producing filmed testimonies capturing the personal accounts of events which occurred in 1968.
Other elements of the project include a touring exhibition, educational resources and a series of extended videos to allow visitors to further explore this seminal moment in Northern Ireland’s recent history.
Voices of ‘68 highlights how it is possible to critically and constructively confront potentially divisive moments in Northern Ireland’s contested past. Its iterative development, expansion and success have directly influenced our plans to extend the model to other such pivotal moments.
The Troubles and Beyond exhibition is not exclusively focused on the conflict but relates to contemporary history and therefore includes objects that represent our wider social, cultural and economic history.
May 2023 marks 25 years since the Good Friday Agreement referendum, when the Northern Irish electorate voted to approve the agreement reached in peace talks.
Educational resources have been developed to encourage more students and schools to visit and make use of the evolving collection of objects which are connected with Northern Ireland from 1965 and 1972.