Yesterday, after tour of Queen’s University, I strolled through the gorgeous Botanic Gardens and then spent the rest of the afternoon at the Ulster Museum – a fabulous place with two incredibly relevant exhibits for this Maymester. The first, The Troubles, is a bleak, sorrowful examination – through black and white photos and silent videos, interpretive historical narrative, and personal stories – of the conflict in Northern Ireland during the late 20th century. Over 3,600 people were killed and thousands more injured in this thirty-year conflict that began with a civil rights march in Derry (Bloody Sunday) on October 5, 1968 and concluded with the Good Friday Agreement on April 10, 1998. At the heart of the conflict lay the constitutional status of Northern Ireland.
Take a look at the University of Ulster’s excellent and comprehensive site, CAIN Web Service – Conflict and Politics in Northern Ireland.