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Internationally renowned journalist Kate Adie OBE to launch the Linen Hall Library’s new digital resource ‘Divided Society’

Internationally renowned journalist Kate Adie OBE to launch the Linen Hall Library’s new digital resource ‘Divided Society’

‘Divided Society’ is a Heritage Lottery-funded digital archive on the Northern Ireland ‘Troubles’ and peace process.

The resource will be launched by acclaimed journalist Kate Adie OBE on Monday the 22nd of January. Ms Adie will travel to Belfast as a VIP guest for the event. She will reflect on her astonishing career and her time in Northern Ireland while commenting on the ‘Divided Society’ project.

Kate Adie OBE became a familiar and respected figure through her work as BBC Chief News Correspondent and being one of the first women sending despatches from danger zones around the world. She carried out numerous assignments in Northern Ireland throughout ‘the Troubles’ as well as reporting on the Good Friday Agreement.

Julie Andrews, Linen Hall Library Director, says, “We are elated Ms Adie accepted our invitation to the launch. The essence of the project is to give an understanding of what it was like living during a conflict. Throughout her career Kate dedicated herself to doing exactly that, giving viewers an accurate description of global conflict the only way she knew how, by being on the ground, in the midst of it.”

The Divided Society project will see the 1990 – 1998 section of the Linen Hall Library’s Northern Ireland Political Collection digitised and made available online at www.dividedsociety.org.

The archive includes hundreds of journal titles containing thousands of articles, hundreds of political posters, a video and audio gallery, educational toolkits, and ten exclusive essays from leading academics such as Marianne Elliot, Adrian Guelke and Connal Parr.

The Divided Society project focuses on a significant time in Northern Ireland’s history from 1990 – 1998. This includes events such as the Downing Street Agreement, several ceasefires, and the ongoing peace negotiations which culminated in the signing of the Good Friday Agreement.

Gavin Carville, Divided Society Project Manager, said: “This resource has phenomenal importance as a historical archive and we are delighted it has been preserved for future generations.”

The publications represent a variety of perspectives including community groups, political parties, pressure groups, local and national government, and paramilitaries.

Two exhibitions, ‘We Lived It – the social impact of the Troubles’ and ‘Laughter in the Dark – Illustrating the Troubles’, were also created and displayed as part of the project.

The resource is available for free in the UK & Ireland and via subscription to the rest of the world.

The project is funded by Heritage Lottery Fund, Ulster Garden Villages, and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

For more information please visit www.dividedsociety.org or www.linenhall.com.

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