Friday, 3 June 2011

Launch of PRONI Exhibition – A century of change, conflict and transformation

The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) has opened its first exhibition at its new Headquarters in Titanic Quarter, Belfast.

The exhibition entitled 'A Century of Change, Conflict and Transformation' covers the period 1911 up until the present day, and depicts not just changes in society but also changes in the records that we keep.

As well as touching upon the major events of the period, the exhibition charts the changes in the type of media used to record information over the years and how the digital age may affect how future generations access their 'history'. Starting with 1911 diaries, it concludes with social network blogs.

The exhibition comprises storyboards, interactive audio visual content and three cabinets displaying original documents and artefacts. Particular documents of interest include a diary of Molly Duffin containing a narrative of day to day life of a 19-year-old girl growing up in Belfast in 1911; World War II pilot’s log book and medals of Wing Commander Ken McKenzie; applications to work in Northern Ireland received from Austrian Jews escaping persecution in Europe; and correspondence relating to the debate on Capital Punishment.

PRONI opening hours:
Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri: 9.00am-4.45pm; Thurs 10.00am-8.45pm

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