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Mural talk to paint compelling picture of the Troubles

06 October 2017

Next week sees the launch of a series of fascinating talks delving into the Troubles as part of the Speeches, Strikes and Struggles project at the Tower Museum.

Taking place on Thursday 12th at 12pm, this talk by Ulster University historian Dr Adrian Grant will explore the history and meaning of the murals which adorn the walls of the cities of Belfast and Derry.

Titled ‘War and Peace on the Walls: Understanding the Murals of Derry and Belfast’, this project utilises rare collections held by the museum relating to The Troubles for public and schools engagement.

The talk will offer an insight into murals as a form of cultural expression, and as a means of representing significant chapters in history through the years, Dr Grant explained. “From representing the Battle of the Boyne as part of the 12th July celebrations, to campaigning for prisoner rights and highlighting injustices, murals take many forms and have many functions. Murals are more than just political paintings on walls.

“They can tell us so much about the culture, politics and priorities of areas, movements and other groups. Those attending this lecture will learn about the history and development of murals, their international dimension, how they can be used positively and negatively, how they have changed over time and why. And how issues like ‘dark tourism’ and state intervention impact on the content and variety of mural types.”

Derry City and Strabane District Council Education Officer, Ronan McConnell, said the talks series shines a light on a special archive of local murals. “This is a fantastic opportunity to take a more comprehensive look at one of the most unique representations of cultural heritage in Northern Ireland. We are very fortunate to have access to the Peter Moloney collection, which contains thousands of images of murals across Northern Ireland over the years, and which Dr Grant has also been able to delve into for his research.”

This talk kicks off a four-part series between now and December, with an event focusing on the Derry Housing Action Committee on the 23rd of November, Media Censorship on the 30th November and the Historic Role of the Army and Police on the 7th of December.

All events are free and refreshments will be provided. Booking is essential. To find out more about the programme and to RSVP, please contact [email protected] or by calling 028 7137 2411.

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