50 Years of Belfast Peacewalls – Linen Hall Library

Event date(s): 03 October 2019

A diggers knocking down a brick wall | CRC NI

The Linen Hall Library Lunchtime Lecture is entitled 50 Years Of Belfast Peacewalls, and is delivered by Associate Professor James O’Leary.

About Peaceline

On September 10 1969, British Army Engineers started work on what became known as the ‘peaceline’ in West Belfast, severing connections between the Falls and the Shankill areas of the city.  Fifty years later, what started as a line of barbed wire fence has mutated into the current Cupar Way peacewall, now one of the many peacewalls across Northern Ireland.

In 2013, the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister set a target of “removing all walls by 2023.”  Due to multiple factors, only limited progress has been achieved to date. Using maps, images and video material, this lecture charts the steady proliferation and more recent hesitant removal of the peacewalls of Belfast.

About James O’Leary

James O’Leary is an Associate Professor at The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, and curator of the Peacewall Archive.


Time and Venue

Thursday 3 October


Linen Hall Library


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