Prisons Memory Archive

The Prisons Memory Archive is a collection of 175 filmed recordings with those who had a connection with Armagh Gaol and the Maze and Long Kesh Prison during the conflict in and about Northern Ireland.

The recordings were made in 2006 and 2007. The range of participants includes prison staff, prisoners, relatives, teachers, chaplains, lawyers, doctors, probation officers and maintenance workers.

The work of the Prisons Memory Archive is under-pinned by an ethical framework of life- storytelling, co-ownership and inclusivity.

Visual Voices of the Prisons Memory Archive: preservation, access and engagement

The Visual Voices of the Prisons Memory Archive project has been developed through a partnership with Queen's University Belfast, the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland and the Prisons Memory Archive Management Group, which includes representatives of the groups who have made the recordings.

The main objectives of this project are to preserve the footage and information the Archive currently has, to make it more accessible through digital innovation, and to engage with communities to help people learn about shared heritage.

A pilot project to transfer 15 recordings to PRONI has been successfully completed, and funding has been secured from Heritage Lottery Fund to transfer the remaining 160 recordings between 2017 and 2019. These will be catalogued and made available through the PRONI catalogue. The Collection will be stored securely in PRONI’s Digital Repository, preserving this valuable resource for future generations.  .

For more information, visit the Prisons Memory Archive website.

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