Interactive exhibition highlights pivotal year in Northern Ireland’s history

Voices of 68

An interactive exhibition featuring the testimonies of political activists and civilians who experienced a pivotal year in Northern Ireland’s history is to be hosted at the University of Wolverhampton. 

The Voices of ’68 travelling exhibition focuses on a period when the civil rights movement and political tensions came to the fore across the province.

It features the filmed testimonies of 30 historians, political activists and civilians and encourages a fresh look at this crucial turning point in Northern Ireland’s political and social history.

The exhibition will visit the University of Wolverhampton, which has research strength in this area, from 1-12 April 2019. It will be open to the public on the second floor of the Lord Swraj Paul Building in Wolverhampton.

Dr Eamonn O’Kane, Reader in Conflict Studies at the University of Wolverhampton, said: “The Voices of ’68 exhibition focuses on a pivotal period in the history of Northern Ireland and is told in the words of some of those directly involved at the time.

“The University of Wolverhampton is delighted to be hosting this important travelling exhibition, which is open to the public and offers a snapshot of the personal experiences of political activists, civilians and historians of the events of 1968.”

The project involved producing filmed testimonies capturing the personal accounts of events which occurred in 1968. Other elements of the project include a temporary exhibition at the Ulster Museum, educational resources and a series of extended videos to allow visitors to further explore this seminal moment in Northern Ireland’s recent history.

The exhibition is one part of a collaborative project between National Museums NI and Dr Chris Reynolds from Nottingham Trent University.

Karen Logan, Project Curator at National Museums NI said: “Voices of ’68 has been a significant collaboration dedicated to highlighting the living legacies of a time in history that challenged Northern Irish society.

“We hope that the exhibitions and talks throughout the exhibition will encourage conversations around the wider issues of human rights and political reform and that the actions of the past will help inform all communities.”

  • The Voices of ’68 exhibition will be open to the public from 1-12 April 2019 in the Lord Swraj Paul Building, Molineux Street, Wolverhampton.

Further information

MEDIA INVITE: The exhibition will be launched at the University of Wolverhampton at an event on Monday, 1 April 2019 from 5.30pm where Dr Chris Reynolds will explain the background and ambitions of the project.  You are welcome to attend.

For more information please contact the Media Relations Office on 01902 32 2736 or 01902 518647.

Date Issued: Monday, 25 March 2019

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