Prisons Memory Archive

The Prisons Memory Archive (PMA) is a collection of 175 filmed recordings with individuals 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, PRONI and the PMA Management Group (which includes representatives of the groups who have made the recordings).

The main objectives of this project are to preserve the participant recordings, to make the collection more accessible through digital innovation and to engage with communities to help people learn more about shared heritage.

Funding was secured from the Heritage Lottery Fund to transfer the entire PMA collection to PRONI between 2017 and 2019. The recordings will be stored securely in PRONI’s digital repository and made available through the PRONI catalogue. To date, 24 recordings have transferred to PRONI and can be accessed through 4 designated PCs in the PRONI search room. Details of the recordings are available via the PRONI catalogue under the reference number D4612/2. Please note that some people may find some of the content in these recordings distressing. 

For more information, visit the Prisons Memory Archive website.

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