04 August 2005

History archives at West Belfast festival

Belfast Telegraph

By Staff Reporter
04 August 2005

FASCINATING archives dating back to the 1920s are currently on display at the West Belfast Festival, including photographs of Sir Edward Carson and documents relating to internment in the early years of Northern Ireland.

The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) has opened up its archives to reveal the files charting the province's tumultuous history.

The exhibitions, which are being showcased at St Mary's University College, include detailing the 1940s imprisonment of people for possession of explosive substances, events heralding the establishment of the Stormont government and the impact of the Second World War on Belfast.

On display will be Home Affairs, internment and Prison Branch files, a plan of the prison ship Argenta, on which 700 people were interned in 1922, and photographs of Sir Edward Carson signing the Ulster Covenant in 1912.

A PRONI spokesman explained: "It is important that the unique resource within the Public Record Office is better known and used."

The exhibition, which has been organised in partnership with the Falls Community Council, will be on display today and tomorrow from 10am to 4pm.

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