Documentary film, public history and education in Northern Ireland
Our project aims:
- To exploit the knowledge-transfer potential of documentary film for enhancing historical understanding and post-conflict reconciliation.
- To maximize the effectiveness of the knowledge transfer process by providing interpretative support for the reception of the film The Enigma of Frank Ryan via festival screenings and workshops and via a dedicated website designed to support the film.
- To develop a second feature-length documentary film, Lost Revolution: the Abbey Theatre and 1916, based on the research of Dr McGarry.
- To delineate and test a model of good practice for the collaboration of documentary film-makers, historians and educationalists.
- To advance the public communication of historical understanding in a divided society through participation in the 'Teaching Divided Histories' project.
- To maximize the effectiveness of the knowledge-transfer process by providing interpretative support for documentary film projects via a dedicated website and other interpretative activity (public discussions, workshops, conferences) to achieve pedagogic impact in Northern Ireland.
- To explore a range of research questions about how historians relate to the popular media and about the differing modes of narration employed by film-makers and academic historians, and to share these explorations with a popular audience.
- To create opportunities for knowledge transfer and public dialogue around these issues, through workshops, educational materials and an international conference.