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Civil rights exhibition opens at Ulster Museum

Voices of '68 exhibition curators Karen Logan and Chris Reynolds of Nottingham Trent University pictured with Kathryn Thompson, chief executive of National Museums NI (centre)

AN INTERACTIVE exhibition featuring personal testimonies about the rise of the civil rights movement 50 years ago has opened at the Ulster Museum in Belfast.

The exhibition, which is complemented by a touring version that will be on show across Ireland and Britain, features filmed testimonies from 30 political activists, historians and civilians who experienced first hand the events of 1968.

The Voices of ’68 exhibition is said to encourage a "fresh look" at this pivotal era in Irish political and social history.

Project curator Karen Logan described Voices of ’68 as a "significant collaboration dedicated to highlighting the living legacies" from half-a-century ago.

“We hope that the exhibitions and talks throughout the exhibition will encourage conversations around the wider issues of human rights and political reform and that the actions of the past will help inform all communities" she said.

Chris Reynolds, from collaborative partner the Nottingham Trent University, said "The exhibition offers a snapshot of the people who were involved in or witnessed social and political events across Northern Ireland 50 years ago, and how testimonies can educate and resonate with a wide generation of visitors from all backgrounds.”

The travelling version of Voices of ’68 will be visit Derry, Cork and London over the coming months.

The exhibition is open until October 15 and closes with a free three-day conference programme – 1968 And Beyond – at the Ulster Museum on October 11-13.

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