This is a guest blog post for the Culture Collisions series by our Art and Culture librarians on the theme of propaganda showcasing resources from across the library collection. The range below can be used to research the conflict in Northern Ireland from a variety of perspectives.
Chronicle - BBC Northern Ireland - to access go to: Discover A-Z and browse our list of Resources until you see BBC Northern Ireland.
The audio-visual archives of the BBC contain a wealth of material gathered since it was founded in the 1920’s but it remains largely inaccessible, held on film or videotape and indexed to serve the needs of programme-makers within the BBC.
The Chronicle project contains material digitally transferred from the BBC NI news archive between 1963-1975 and provides Authenticated Users with access to digitised copies of news and current affairs material covering Northern Ireland and The Troubles, along with web-based tools allowing it to be searched, viewed and annotated.
Any notable events or broadcasts missing from this period have either not yet been digitised or are absent from the original film collection, or may not have been recorded by BBC NI at the time. Here are some examples of key events in the Northern Ireland Conflict contained in the resource:
'Bloody Sunday' (30 January 1972); the scene below shows Queens students walking from University to Tyrone House, Malone Road in the aftermath of Bloody Sunday.
Derry March (5 October 1968); the footage below shot from within the crowd at times shows Police dispersing the Civil Rights March using batons.
BFI Screen Online This website provides a guide to Britain’s film and TV history which features hundreds of hours of film and TV clips from the BFI’s National Archive. It contains some useful commentary on the Northern Ireland conflict. To access it just go to Discover A-Z and browse our list of Resources . It is available on campus to all members of University of Sunderland.
See it’s section on ‘Ireland and the Troubles' in the War and Conflict section particularly the documentary series 'Ireland: A Television History (1980-81)’:
The Kate Adie Collection
The Special Collections in Murray Library at University of Sunderland hold the Kate Adie archive which has some highlights of Kate’s reporting on the conflict. Some of these have been digitised and are available to watch online.
Kate Adie reports on the bombing of Ulster Defence Regiment Barracks (UDR) in Belfast. Running time 1 minute and 5 seconds. 06/06/1979
Kate Adie reports on an IRA bombing of RAF Uxbridge. Includes interviews. Running time 2 minutes and 59 seconds. 09/01/1981
There are many further resources exploring or depicting Northern Ireland and cinema in our library catalogue:
Hill, John (2006) Cinema and Northern Ireland: film, culture and politics, London : BFI
McGarry, John; O’Leary, Brendan (1995) Explaining Northern Ireland: broken images, Oxford : Blackwell
McQueen, Steve (2008) Hunger, Pathe (DVD)