Who we are

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

We all believe that a People’s 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

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

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


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.

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


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

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

Barry Douglas,  Barry Douglas, International pianist. Artistic Director of Camerata Ireland. Barry Douglas was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to music and community relations in the 2021 New Year Honours List.

Board Members

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

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

Dr Irene Boada Montagut,graduate of the University of Barcelona, Queen’s University Belfast and Ulster University; radio and TV presenter, Barcelona; Northern Ireland correspondent for Spanish media; founder of Museum of the Troubles & Peace and  the cross community group, Children of the Troubles; member of the Holyland’s Regeneration Group; Leadership and Management  certificate, Peace IV-funded project with St Peter’s and Townsend Youth Clubs, Belfast.

Frank Gaffikin, Emeritus Professor, Queen’s University Belfast School of Nature and Built Environment. Community activist and author of The Human Paradox

Suneil Sharma, Entrepreneur;  former member, Policing Board; former member, Commission for Racial Equality NI; trustee, RAM Foundation

Terrence Brannigan,While Terence was chairman of Tourism NorthernIreland, he delivered over £1bn of annual revenues during his 7-year tenure. He was also the Chairman of the Maze Long Kesh Development Corporation for 11 years, and was responsible for the regeneration and development of the site. Terence has been a Chairman of several enterprises: Epiquest International (a Healthcare Software & Technology Company), Seirios Enterprises Ltd (a Corporate Business Advisory Company), Valadata ( a Service Delivery Software Platform). Founder and former CEO of Connected Health Limited, a former Chairman of the CBI in Northern Ireland and was the founder and CEO of resource™, one of Northern Ireland’s largest private sector employers. Terence is a former Director at Compass Group which, with a market capitalisation of almost £40bn, is currently number 17 in the FTSE 100. Terence is a Board member of Co-operation Ireland, the Entrepreneur-in-Residence at South-Eastern Regional College,s Chair of the McDonald Centre, and of Shankill Housing and Enterprise.

Dr Gul Kacmaz Erk, senior lecturer and programme director of MSc Advanced Architectural Design at Queen’s University Belfast. Her research is on humanitarian architecture as well as cinematic architecture.

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

Jack GillespieBarrister with more than 20 years practicing law in Belfast

John Morison, Professor of Jurisprudence in the School of Law at Queen’s University Belfast and author of many publications in the areas of constitutional law and new technologies.

Shelby Hanna, Digital Learning Officer has a long experience of digital Learning and she has a strong
passion for education and a deep understanding of good
teaching practices. She is dedicated to leveraging emerging technologies, such as virtual reality, to create
engaging and immersive learning

Alex Knowles, a recently qualified architect and RIBA
medal nominee. His thesis ‘A Treatise on Palimpsest’ was
the winner of the


Patrick Speight, PhD in Irish Studies, 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.

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.

Magda Gasso, General Director of Museums, Catalan Government.

Esther Aliaga Rodrigo, PhD in English 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).

Damien Okado-Gough, Peace and Conflict Studies graduate from the University of Ulster, and is currently pursuing a PhD in peacebuilding at Doshisha University in Kyoto Japan.  He grew up in  West Belfast during the 70s and 80s.

Gareth Mulvenna – PhD in Social History, 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)




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

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