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Professor Chris Reynolds Inaugural Lecture

Dealing with the Legacy of the Past in Northern Ireland

Chris Reynolds
Networking | Public lectures

This lecture contributes to ongoing debates around the role of oral history in dealing with the legacy of the past as part of the Northern Ireland peace process. Drawing on collaborative work between the museum sector and academia, it endorses the importance and value of oral history to future strategies. In setting out the need for an effective delivery model, it explores how oral history is currently understood and deployed in this context and proposes the development of a model anchored around a central archival hub with local spokes.

  • From: Tuesday 7 March 2023, 5.30 pm
  • To: Tuesday 7 March 2023, 7.30 pm
  • Registration: 5.30 pm
  • Location: Lecture Theatre 3, Teaching and Learning Building, Clifton Campus, NG11 8NS
  • Booking deadline: Tuesday 7 March 2023, 4.00 pm
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Acknowledging that ‘The Troubles’ is a ‘distributed story’ requiring extensive collaboration, this talk proposes an approach that combines the merits of oral history with broader interpretive and educational frameworks utilising the concepts of agonistic memory and slow memory.

Chris Reynolds is Professor of Contemporary European History and Memory Studies at Nottingham Trent University and co-founder of the NTU Oral History Network. Having started his career at the University of Bath, Chris joined NTU in 2007 and has since taught across a range of subjects including History, French, European Studies, Film and TV, and Cinema. He has published widely in the field of ‘1968 Studies’ including the monographs Memories of May ’68: France’s Convenient Consensus (University of Wales Press 2011) and Sous les pavés…The Troubles: Northern Ireland, France and the European Collective Memory of 1968 (Peter Lang 2015). He also led a major collaboration with National Museums NI on the Northern Irish events of 1968 which was the focus of a successful Impact Case Study for REF 2021.


5.30 pm

Registration and welcome refreshments

6 pm

Welcome talk

6.05 pm

Lecture begins

6.50 pm

Close and thanks by Executive Dean

7 pm

Drinks reception

7.30 pm


Location details


Teaching and Learning Building
Clifton Campus
NG11 8NS


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