The author focuses on museum exhibitions. He examines two exhibitions displaying episodes of violence and atrocity from the conflict in Northern Ireland (1968–1998), euphemistically referred to as ‘the Troubles’. The exhibitions considered are the Irish Republican History Museum and the Police Museum, both of which are located in Belfast. Jackson pays attention to how victimhood is articulated in these exhibitions, and the implications of this in terms of how the conflict is encountered and understood by visitors. His analysis locates both museums within the much broader ‘struggle’ over the past in Northern Ireland where, in the absence of consensus around the conflict, a range of actors compete to establish their understanding of the past as the dominant version.
- The troubles
- Northern ireland
- Museum exhibitions
- Contested history
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Jackson, M. (2019). Competing to Control the Post-conflict Present: Articulating Victimhood in Exhibitions in Northern Ireland. In: Lippens, R., Murray, E. (eds) Representing the Experience of War and Atrocity. Palgrave Studies in Crime, Media and Culture. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-13925-4_10
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