Over the course of three months, a group of 25 women from south Armagh came together to complete 26 hours in film-making to create five spine tingling films under the common thread of south Armagh, Changing the Narrative. The five film themes are songs of the area, women artists, women in sport, women in farming and the lace tradition in the area. The films highlight the rich culture of the area while also demonstrating the strong link between the different generations of women. The films are now available on the Ring of Gullion website.
The Ring of Gullion Partnership worked with the Women in the Archives partners to recruit local groups in south Armagh to develop their own ideas to highlight local women and their importance to the local community and its heritage.
This was an amazing project which brought the participants together using the creative arts and digital technologies to fire their imagination and unlock the creativity of participants, whilst exploring contentious history and identity, and promoting reconciliation. The project has helped the women to highlight their own lives and their skills and the outstanding stories from the area.
The Women in the Archives project is part of a larger Making the Future programme. The regional programme is being delivered by a consortium of leading cultural organisations including the Nerve Centre, National Museums NI, Public Record Office of Northern Ireland and Linen Hall Library, supported through €1.82m of EU funding under the PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).