Legacy of the Past Record

Legacy of the Past Record

Introduction to the Legacy of the Past Record (LPR)

The Legacy of the Past Record is a pilot project created by the Ulster Human Right Watch Advocacy Service. In completion of its proof-of-concept phase, it now contains narrative reports that have been deposited in the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI), which record the experiences of individuals who were impacted by the troubles in Northern Ireland.

The outcome of this pilot phase has been informed with feedback obtained from clients and PRONI, both directly and in focus groups and conferences. It is the intention of UHRW to implement the learning from the pilot phase to expand the LPR in a proof-of-performance phase which will incorporate further written narrative and audio-visual content. Please click here to view a letter outlining the view of PRONI on the project.

The family reports that have been included in the Legacy of the Past Record are a source of information that can benefit future generations in preventing radicalisation and promoting education. It is a valuable source of information for teachers, students and researchers, in the development of educational programmes. It is our plan, based on the findings of the pilot, to use the LPR in the development of a counter-radicalisation resource.

The legacy of the Past Record gathers testimonies and stories from victims of terrorism, civilians and members of the security forces. It gives a voice to many innocent victims who have never been heard and whose experiences can become a force for good. It shows the impact of terrorism on innocent people including members of the security forces, the need to oppose terrorism, and the futile pursuit of any aim having recourse to acts of terrorism. It aims to fill a gap in current knowledge about the impact terrorism had and is still having on the victims of terrorism in Northern Ireland, the rest of the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.

It is hoped that it contributes to the furtherance of a peaceful society in Northern Ireland.

Download Records

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Winston Finlay
The Finlay family report relating to Winston Gilchrist Finlay.

Samuel Sleith
The Sleith family report relating to Samuel Sleith.

Richard Lewis
The Lewis family report relating to Richard Lewis.

Mike Sangster
The Sangster family report relating to Mike Sangster.

Mark Campbell
The Campbell family report relating to Mark Campbell.

Brendan McKenna
The McKenna family report relating to Brendan McKenna.

Dave Shiels
The Shiels family report relating to Dave Shiels.

Ned Gibson
The Gibson family report relating to Private Edward (Ned) Gibson.

Ben Forde
Eight Feet From Death – The Forde family report relating to Ben Forde.

Elizabeth Forde
Terror comes close – The Forde family report relating to Elizabeth Forde.

William, Doreen and Noeline Herron
The Herron family report relating to William, Doreen and Noeline Herron.

James McCurrie
The McCurrie family report relating to James (Jimmy) Currie.

Ruby Johnston
The Johnston family report relating to Ruby Johnston.

Spence McGarry
The McGarry family report relating to Detective Constable Spence McGarry.

Joseph McIlwaine
The McIlwaine family report relating to Private Joseph James McIlwaine.

Cyril Murray
The Murray family report relating to Cyril Murray.

Colin Nicholl
The Nicholl family report relating to Colin Nicholl.

Paul Rodgers
The Rodgers family report relating to Paul Rodgers.

Prison Officer
The experiences of an anonymous prison officer.

For more information, visit the PRONI web site.


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