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Ulster Museum opens Good Friday Agreement exhibition

The Ulster Museum sets up for the Troubles and Beyond exhibition which opens today. Picture by Hugh Russell

A NEW exhibition exploring the impact of politics and conflict on people is to open to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement.

The Troubles and Beyond at the Ulster Museum examines Northern Ireland's recent past through a range of objects reflecting diverse perspectives and experiences.

Many objects have been contributed by the public as part of a major collecting initiative, Collecting the Troubles and Beyond, launched in 2016 and supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The Ulster Museum collaborated with other museums, universities, community groups and the public "to establish the significance and meaning of objects in its collection, to help enhance interpretation of Northern Ireland's recent past".

The aim was to add to the museum's contemporary collection with personal stories and artefacts. It has collected material relating to everyday experiences, music and sports as well as the experiences of the LGBT community and others.

They will be exhibited alongside political posters and ephemera, many of which date from the early to mid-1970s. There are also many examples of prison-made objects, badges and artworks. The collection is designed to explore politics and conflict and the impact of both on everyday life, people and communities.

The revamped gallery opens on Good Friday.

The Ulster Museum sets up for the Troubles and Beyond exhibition which opens today. Picture by Hugh Russell

Picture by Hugh Russell.

Picture by Hugh Russell.

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