Museum & Conflict – Excursion to Belfast

For a long time Northern Ireland has not been on the radar much for its museums and cultural scene. This was certainly largely due to the on-going political conflict which overshadowed cultural development. With the Northern Ireland Peace Treaty in place things have changed massively and substantial funding has gone into a regeneration process that was largely driven by culture. Not only is its capital city Belfast a lively community where culture and museums seem to have invented themselves anew also Belfast is the location for the next MA Conference which we thought is a good opportunity to yet again offer this excursion to interested folks.

We want to explore the role of museums in the peace process, want to examine how the conflict is interpreted in exhibitions and programmes and whether this is reflected in the work museums do with and for their communities.

The main objectives of this excursion are to get an insight into the Northern Ireland museum and cultural scene, its challenges and opportunities, talk and connect to colleagues, exchange experiences and ideas and promote future collaboration in a wider European context.

The excursion is planned to take place 3 days before the UK Museums Association Conference in Belfast.

Dates: Sunday to Wednesday, November 4-7, 2018

Programme Schedule*

Sunday, November 4 Individual travel to Belfast, meet for a city walk mid-afternoon, dinner in the evening
Monday, November 5 Introduction to the North Ireland museums sector;
National Museums Northern Ireland
Troubles Gallery at the Ulster Museum , The Ulster Museum, (winner of the 2010 Arts Fund Price and part of the National Museum of Northern Ireland);
HM Prison Crumlin Road
Pub Crawl in Belfast
Tuesday, November 6 Irish Republican History Museum
The Titanic
The MAC (Arts center)
Visit a culture event in the evening
Wednesday, November 7 Day-trip to the Giant’s Causeway with a walk along the coastline

Programme Fee: 200 EUR (includes entries and day trip to Giant’s Causeway), Participants need to arrange their own travel and meals!

Minimum participants required: 10
*We reserve the right to make changes to the programme without notice

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Once you have registered for the event – please transfer the registration fee (200EUR) to our account:

Account Holder: Kulturagenda Institut, Dr. Wutte Strasse 14, 9020 Klagenfurt, Austria

Bank: Erste Bank (Address: Wiedner Hauptstrasse 20, 1040 Vienna, Austria)

IBAN: AT25 2011 1822 2620 5000