The Heritage Lottery Fund has just approved funding for “Reflected Lives” – an intergenerational oral history project that will capture testimonies from residents of a number of Belfast interface communities, separated by security barriers or “peace walls”.

Anna Bryson co-wrote the application with Joe O’Donnell, Strategic Director of the lead partner organisation (Belfast Interface), David Corscadden (Bauer Radio Ltd), Nick Garbutt (journalist and PR executive) and Matthew McCoy (anthropologist based at UCLA). She will act as oral history consultant to the project, providing a series of workshops and ongoing training and advice.

The project will run from January 2017 until March 2018 and will complete a range of single-identity and cross-community workshops, the training and mentoring of local oral history practitioners, a fully illustrated book, a rotating exhibition and a short video (compiled with the assistance of Bauer Academy).