Everyday Objects Transformed by the Conflict
NEW VENUE(S): Planning is underway for the exhibition to be hosted by Libraries NI in various locations across the region. It is hoped that some libraries will host cases with the objects, and others will host parts of the panel version of the original exhibition.
For April, the objects are shared across Antrim Library (10 Railway Street, BT41 4AE) and Bangor Carnegie Library (Hamilton Road, BT20 4LH). The objects were swapped halfway through the month, so be sure to visit again see the whole exhibition!
The panel exhibitions are currently in Killyleagh Library (52 High Street, Killyleagh) and Ballymena Central Library (5 Pat’s Brae, BT43 5AX).
The ‘Everyday Objects Transformed by the Conflict’ project and exhibition brings together many views and experiences of the recent conflict in and about Northern Ireland. The exhibition reveals both unique and everyday stories through a range of loaned objects and their accompanying labels, all written in the words of those who own them.
The exhibition does not aim to agree on one single version of history but instead lets people from various backgrounds speak for themselves. Objects such as a bin lid used as a street communication tool in nationalist areas, a bullet-proof clipboard used by the security forces, as well as a matchbox with a well-known unionist slogan ‘Ulster says No’ printed on its cover are examples of the range of diverse objects on loan for this exhibition. The stories behind these objects not only offer a glimpse into the everyday lives and memories of individuals, communities and organisations, they also help visitors explore the nature, causes and effects of conflict.