Who Tells What to Whom and How: The Prisons Memory Archive

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    Abstract

    This essay will consider the recording and exhibition of stories from a conflicted past in a contested present; who gets to tell what stories to whom and under what conditions? I will use the case study of the online Prisons Memory Archive (PMA) – a collection of filmed interviews at the locations of the Maze and Long Kesh Prison, which held male prisoners, and Armagh Gaol, which held female prisoners. Both operated during the period of political violence during the last third of the 20th century in the North of Ireland (www.prisonsmemoryarchive.com). As Director of the PMA, I was involved from research through production to exhibition.
    Original languageEnglish
    Journalp-e-r-f-o-r-m-a-n-c-e
    Volume1
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

    Keywords

    • Memory
    • Documentary film
    • Prisons
    • Conflict

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