The exhibition has its origins in an audit carried out in 2008 by Healing Through Remembering in partnership with Queen’s University Belfast. This ‘Artefacts Audit’ listed material culture of the conflict in and about Northern Ireland. As a result of the audit, an artefact database was developed by Healing Through Remembering and is available online. Most of the objects in this exhibition are from this audit. Other contributions to the exhibition come from collections more recently identified by Healing Through Remembering and these have helped to further broaden the range of views expressed in the exhibition.
The project has many hopes and aspirations which include:
1) To stimulate an interest in the collections lending the objects;
2) To create a network of communication between collections;
3) To inform the debate on a Living Memorial Museum and dealing with the past; and,
4) To open up a platform in which diverse voices and experiences of the conflict can be heard.