Speeches, Strikes & Struggles

Speeches, Strikes & Struggles: Curating Conflict

Friday 5 Oct 2018 - 11:00am to Sunday 23 Dec 2018 - 5:00pm

At Nerve Visual Gallery, Ebrington. Open 11am-5pm Tuesday-Saturday and 12-6pm Sundays.

The Speeches, Strikes & Struggles project, led by the Tower Museum, presents rarely before seen collections highlighting the significant events and cultural heritage of the Troubles from 1968 to the present day.

The Speeches, Strikes & Struggles: Curating Conflict exhibition presents the Bridget Bond, Gerry Lynch and Peter Moloney collections using bold floor-to-ceiling wall graphics, audiovisual displays and mixed-media installations, as well as original archive materials.

The story of the Civil Rights campaign in Northern Ireland is told through the lens of Bridget Bond, a civil rights activist and ‘extraordinary ordinary woman’.

The exhibition also includes film footage of housing conditions in Springtown Camp; never before seen colour footage of the Duke Street march on 5 October 1968 by Liam McCafferty; photographs by Larry Doherty, Trevor McBride, Victor Patterson and Eamon Melaugh; and archive material from the Linen Hall Library’s NICRA collection and CAIN.

The exhibition offers visitors the first chance to view material from the Peter Moloney collection, which consists of 50,000 items charting the identity and culture of Northern Ireland during the Troubles. Murals, badges, posters, banners, T-shirts, and ephemera combine in a striking visual interpretation that provides a unique insight into a divided society.

Funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Collection Fund and Heritage Lottery Fund.

‘Some of my collection may upset people but we can’t rewrite history. My only wish is that people see it and learn from it.’

Peter Moloney