By Rachel Sayers, Museum Administrator, REACH Project, Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland, Schomberg House, Belfast.
How do museums in Northern Ireland represent the Troubles? What kinds of agendas appear when politicians deal with museums? Who gets to tell the stories? Northern Ireland has and somewhat continues to have a turbulent history. We have a precarious and delicate political system. There is still a lot of deep-seated hatred amongst certain areas of the population. This stems from ‘The Troubles’ of the 1970’s-Mid 1990’s. In certain areas, people still teach their children to hate ‘the other side.’ One could argue that ignorance breeds further ignorance. This can be from lack of education and understanding or once again deepseated scars from our violent past. I’ll try here to summarize the current situation, including some of my own personal opinions, along with information from research and museum visits. Continue reading