Who we are

We are a group of volunteers  of different ages, backgrounds and perspectives.

We all believe that a Museum of the Troubles and the Peace Process would be a valuable addition to Northern Ireland, and we are exploring ways to make it a reality.

If you would like to join us, please get in touch.


Mary Robinson, First woman President of Ireland and former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights; Chair of The Elders

John Alderdice, former Leader of the Alliance Party of Northern Ireland.  Director of the Centre for the Resolution of Intractable Conflict at Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford and Chairman Emeritus of the Centre for Democracy and Peace Building in Belfast

Claire Hanna, Member of Parliament for South Belfast. Former SDLP finance spokesperson, founder and chair of the first All Party Group on International Development

David and Daphne Trimble.  Lord David Trimble was first First Minister of Northern Ireland and is the former leader of the Ulster Unionist Party. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize with John Hume in 1998 for their efforts to find a peaceful solution to the conflict in Northern Ireland. Lady Daphne Trimble is an academic, politician and a former member of the Equality Commission and the Human Rights Commission

Robin Eames, Anglican bishop and life peer, former Primate of All Ireland and Archbishop of Armagh

George and Gwynneth Bain. Sir George Bain was President and Vice-Chancellor of Queen’s University, Belfast from 1998 to 2004

Fearghal McGarry, Professor of Modern Irish History, Queen’s University Belfast

John Kyle, Councillor on Belfast City Council, former leader of the Progressive Unionist Party (PUP) in Northern Ireland

Mark Devenport, journalist and broadcaster, former BBC Northern Ireland Political Editor, Ireland Correspondent & United Nations Correspondent

Denis Bradley, journalist and former priest, founder member of the Bogside Community Association. Former Vice Chairman of the Northern Ireland Policing Board

Colin Davidson, distinguished artist and author of ‘Silent Testimony’, the stories of eighteen people victims of the Troubles.

Rita Duffy,  distinguished artist. Some of her work is in the permanent collections of the Irish Museum of Modern Art and the Imperial War Museum in London.

Board Members

Co chair – Jane Morrice,  former head of the European Commission Office in Belfast and former MLA (Northern Ireland Women’s Coalition); Hon. President European Movement Northern Ireland

Co chair – Brid Ruddy, gained Honours and Masters Degrees in social policy as a mature student. Varied career in statutory Youth and Community work and freelance in voluntary sector on women’s, community and good relations issues.

Ed Petersen , Coordinator of Clonard Monastery’s Peace and Reconciliation Ministry. Chair of Forthspring Inter Community Group and Northern Ireland Inter-Faith Forum.

Secretary – Dr Karin White, Social Anthropologist and Ethnohistorian, Lecturer in Social Sciences at Institute of Technology Sligo, Member of Validating Council of Diem 25, Company Secretary, BoM, Donegal Travellers Project.

Stefanie Stott, Conservator and heritage manager with experience working internationally for museums and heritage organisations as well as in collection and house management for the national trust in Northern Ireland.

Professor Catherine Clinton, Denman Chair of American History, University of Texas, San Antonio. Historical adviser: Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln (2012)

Dr Helmut Riethmuller, Director of Business Studies, Forum Berufsbildung, Charlottenstr. 2, Berlin and project consultant in Germany, Ireland, India and China. Founder of the first, cross-community youth farm in Belfast at the end of the 1970s, while still a student

Katie Brady, academic researcher in Public History and Cultural Heritage



Dr Olwen Purdue, Senior Lecturer in Irish History and Director of the Centre for Public History, QUB Professional translator and researcher. Author of Huir del Laberinto, a look at the Northern Irish conflict through its depiction on some contemporary fiction.

Jude Whyte, is a lecturer in Health, Social Care, Psychology and Sociology at the Belfast Metropolitan College. Jude’s mother, Peggy Whyte, was killed by a UVF bomb in 1984. A former member of the Victims and Survivors Commission, he has been involved in housing and homelessness for several years. 

Eileen Weir, is an awarded community development practitioner with over 30 years experience in building Good Relations. Eileen is currently employed by Shankill Women’s Centre as the Greater North Belfast Women’s Network Co-Ordinator and is working towards creating a West Belfast Women’s Network.

Dr Patrick Speight, Institute of Irish Studies and former producer and presenter, BBC Northern Ireland; curator, A State Apart, a digital archive of the Troubles.

Debbie Lisle, Debbie Lisle, Professor in Relations and International Political Sociology.

Dr Gareth Mulvenna – researcher and author. Troubles historian with a special focus on loyalism. Author of ‘Tartan Gangs and Paramilitaries: The Loyalist Backlash’ (Liverpool University Press, 2016) and co-author of the autobiography of Cllr Billy Hutchinson, ‘My Life in Loyalism’ (Merrion Press, 2020); host podcast Hidden Histories of the Northern Ireland Troubles and advocate the use of oral history and archives to preserve the past.

Jenny Stewart, communications consultant working across culture, heritage and design. Experience in the museum sector includes roles at the Design Museum, London and Royal Museums Greenwich.

Ms Magda Gasso, General Director of Museums, Catalan Government.

Dr Esther Aliaga Rodrigo, Co-author of a dictionary of Irish culture in Spanish (Diccionario cultural e histórico de Irlanda) and a book of interviews with Irish writers and academics (Ireland in Writing).

Project Manager

Dr Irene Boada Montagut, former correspondent for Spanish media and presenter for radio and television. Founder: Children of the Troubles

The Museum of the Troubles and the Peace Process is a registered Company Limited by Guarantee, NI 651235; registered with the Charity Commission  NIC107970