Addressing Shared and Contested History

A number of centenary dates are coming up over the next few years and in preparation for these, a number of activities have been organised as part of our Shared History Programme. The coming decade presents massive opportunities in how we remember and commemorate the past as a catalyst for change and developing a shared vision for the future. The BCRC Shared History Programme was therefore designed to examine and explore our history through the respective lenses of the two main traditions, acknowledging the different perspectives but, more importantly, examining it as a shared history and not as an ‘our history’ or ‘their history’.

During the month of June 2014, BCRC are organising two events with relevance to this theme. The first took place on 10th June (13.30-16.00 at the MAC) and involved the screening of ‘We Were There’, a documentary on women’s experience related to the Maze Long Kesh, as well as a panel discussion with film makers, film participants and those with relevant experience and knowledge. The second event is scheduled for 25th June (13.00-16.00 at Grosvenor House) and takes the form of a seminar on ‘Gender and Dealing with the Past: UN Resolution 1325’, including presentations related to UN Resolution 1325, a brief overview of BCRC’s research Gender at the Interface and a panel discussion with representatives of a range of backgrounds and viewpoints.

Please check our website’s ‘Latest News’ section for more details on our upcoming events.

Some examples of other activities organised under this theme include: ‘Remembering/Forgetting World War I’, a cross-community study visit to Dublin and the Somme Heritage Centre, ‘Your Are Legend: The 75th Anniversary of the Formation of the International Brigades Who Fought against Fascism in the Spanish Civil War’, cross-community tours of Shankill, City and Milltown cemeteries as well as the Maze Long Kesh site, ‘The Hungry 30’s’ shared history youth event, ‘The Legacy of the Home Rule Bills: 1886-1912’ and ‘Nationalism and the Ulster Covenant’.