Political Posters Become a Digital Resource for the Post-Conflict Generation
Linen Hall Library and Nerve Centre launch free iBook giving young people a non-biased narrative of our recent past
A new educational iBook has launched which gives a non-biased narrative of key events in Northern Ireland's recent past through a powerful series of political posters.
Funded by the Department for Communities, Troubled Images – The Northern Ireland Troubles and Peace Process 1968 - 2016 was developed by Belfast's Linen Hall Library in partnership with the Nerve Centre, and based on a previous title by Gordon Gillespie.
Aimed at Key Stage 3 pupils, the interactive resource features an easy-read layout and includes questions and activities aimed at stimulating enquiry and promoting a greater understanding of our shared history. It's available now to download on Apple devices free from iTunes.
Niall Kerr, Digital Resource Developer with the Nerve Centre, said: 'The Nerve Centre was delighted to work with the Linen Hall Library to produce this new, digital schools resource. By recreating the content as a digital publication, with interactive images, video content and curriculum linked activities, the iBook will help a new generation to learn about the Troubles and its impact, which will be particularly important as we approach the 50th anniversary of events marking the beginning of the Troubles.'
Julie Andrews, Director of the Linen Hall Library, said: 'It is the aim of the Linen Hall to make as many collections as possible available to as wide an audience as possible. We hope that the Troubled Images iBook is used as a resource for younger people to help understand our past from a nonbiased viewpoint.'
Thirty years ago the Library organised the first public exhibition of its posters under the banner Troubled Images. These were posters selected from the world-renowned Northern Ireland Political Collection (NIPC). In 2001, when digitisation was still in its infancy, the Library digitised over 3,500 posters and artefacts from the NIPC and made them available for the first time on a CD-ROM.
In 2008 the Library published, in association with Irish publisher Colourpoint Books, Troubled Images: The Northern Ireland Troubles and Peace Process 1968 – 2007 by Gordon Gillespie. This book forms the basis for the new iBook.