In recognition of the recent 35th Anniversary of the Hunger Strikes, the Irish World Heritage Centre will revisit experiences of and enduring legacies associated with the 1981 Long Kesh/Maze Hunger Strikes. It will also examine the longer history of Hunger Striking in its political, religious and social contexts.  Bringing together two key talks and an introduced screening, We Were There:Women of Long Kesh and the Maze Prisons (dir. Laura Aguiar & Cahel McLaughlin, 2014) we also look to build conversations that animate the Manchester/Irish contexts of the Hunger Strikes/Hunger Striking.

Confirmed Speakers:

Fionna Barber (MMU) Between 1988 and 1990 Fionna taught Art History for the Open University in Long Kesh/Maze Prison and her testimony is included in the Prison Memory Archive at Queens University and in the film she will introduce, We Were There (dir. Laura Aguiar, 2014). Fionna is also co-curator, with Laura McAtackney, of the exhibition, Con & Eva, based on holdings of the Public Records Office in Northern Ireland (PRONI) about Constance Markievicz and Eva Gore-Booth, which will open at the IWHC in March 2017. She is widely published including Art in Ireland Since 1910 (Reaktion, 2013) and as editor, After the War: Visual Culture in Northern Ireland Since the Ceasefire (Routledge, 2009).

Ian Miller (University of Ulster) Based at the Centre for the History of Medicine in Ireland and working on intersections between Irish history and medical history, Ian has recently published A History of Force Feeding: Hunger Strikes, Prisons and Medical Ethics 1909-74 (Palgrave, 2016). Earlier work includes Reforming Food in Post-Famine Ireland: Medicine, Science and Improvement 1845-1922 (Manchester University Press, 2014) and, as co-editor, Medicine, Health and Irish Experiences of Conflict 1914-45 (MUP, 2016).

Maggie Scull (King’s College London) Maggie Scull’s work looks at the Catholic Church and the Northern Irish Troubles (1969-1998). She co-delivered the British Academy funded symposium, ‘Rethinking the 1980/81 Hunger Strikes’ in London in June 2016 and is a founding member of the Four Nations History Network. Maggie has recently published on ‘The Catholic Church and the Hunger Strikes of Terence MacSwiney and Bobby Sands’ in Irish Political Studies.


Admission: £8 includes refreshments on arrival and before the free screening of We Were There (2014).

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