Visual Voices: A User Interface – How Online Resources Aid Educational And Community Development

Research into the needs, potential, design and implementation of an online interactive web resource based on the Prisons Memory Archive (, and how such resources can engage (or otherwise) audiences with multi-layered narratives of contested pasts. The PMA has been awarded a £500,500 HLF grant, in collaboration with the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland to preserve, make accessible and encourage engagement with 300 hours of audio visual recordings from the Maze and Long Kesh Prison and Armagh Gaol, which operated during the political conflict known as the Troubles. These walk-and-talk recordings feature a diverse range of participants who interacted with the prison sites in different ways, as prisoners, prison officers, teachers, chaplains, relatives, lawyers, doctors, probation officers, and maintenance workers.  

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