The views of Belfast people experiencing the cultural upheaval of the 1960s and the onset of the Troubles were brought back to life in a powerful video exhibition curated by PhD researcher Rose Baker as part of the 2022 Belfast Film Festival. Using news footage from the UTV archive, the installation entitled ‘Vox Populi’ showed clips across several floors of the abandoned Bank of Ireland building on Royal Avenue.
Rose has been researching the history of Ulster Television in the 1960s as part of an AHRC-funded TECHNE Collaborative Award involving the Centre for the History of Television Culture and Production, Northern Ireland Screen and the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland. She is also the UK and Ireland programmer for the Belfast Film Festival. A review of ‘Vox Populi’ may be found here.