This website remains online for archival purposes. You can find the Sylvia Pankhurst Gender Research Centre website at http://www.business.mmu.ac.uk/grc
— Gender knowledge cluster and Manchester School of Art
We Were There featured the unique experiences of women in the predominantly male world of the Maze and Long Kesh Prison during the Troubles in Northern Ireland.
Taking place at Manchester Art School in the 2014 RIBA Sterling Prize nominated Benzie Building, the screening was followed by a panel discussion including the following guests:
We Were There includes stories of a prison officer’s wife, prisoners’ relatives, Open University tutors, Probabtion Service staff and a visual artist.
The interviews featured in the film were recorded by the Prisions Memory Archive, which filmed 140 walk and talk interviews around the empty prison during the summer of 2007, using a methodology of inclusiveness, co-ownership and life-story telling.
The event exlpored how the prison impacted upon women’s lives, how they coped with the absence of their loved ones, and highlighted the important contribution that educational and welfare staff made to the peace process.