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
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.
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.
Treasurer – Brigid Loughran, – Masters in Social Work, and Social Policy. FE Teachers Training Diploma, 30 years as Equality and Management Trainer, 20 years in Peacebuilding with various Voluntary and community Sector organisations in NI. Brigit has been a chair and Secretary of various organisations in the Voluntary and Community Sector.
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
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 Gillespie, Barrister and mor than 20 years practicing law in Belfast
Olwen Purdue, PhD in History, 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 victims campaigner and a lecturer in higher education. He is the chairperson of the Welcome organisation which deals with addiction and homelessness. His house was bombed twice by the UVF resulting in the death of his mother Peggy and a young policeman Michael Dawnson
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.
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)
Clare Hirst, Museum Collections Manager for the Co-operative Heritage Trust, Conservator at The University of Manchester. Has worked as an Arts educator for children and adults. MRL Fellow (Museums Resilience Leadership) and currently researching museum collections within conflict and crisis, particularly in Northern Ireland where my family hail from.
The Museum of the Troubles and the Peace Process is a registered Company Limited by Guarantee, NI 651235; registered with the Charity Commission NIC107970