Falls Community Council set up the Dúchas oral history project in 1999 to record the experience of the conflict in West Belfast. Since then the project has formed partnerships with organisations across Belfast and beyond to collect and preserve memories from a wide range of perspectives.


Pieces of the Past

Pieces of the Past is an oral history project that records and archives personal experiences of living through the conflict in communities across Belfast.


Scroll left and right to view the digital archive and browse through the sound recordings and transcripts in the collection.


  • "An excellent resource, great database functionality, great material"
    Abigail Belfrage, Australia
  • "Great resource, real stories behind the news stories.  Very important histories that need to be shared with future generations."
    Gerard Stratton, Triplevision Productions
  • "Amazing idea to put this resource together.  A living history document which is of huge value for this and coming generations.  Mind-blowing, touching."
    Melanie Hoewer, Dublin
  • "Excellent resource for all students of the troubles"
    Cillian McGrattan, Portaferry
  • "A vital historical resource that gives Belfast working-class people a voice of conflict and collective memory. Dúchas is a treasure trove"
    Graham Higgin, Forthspring Intercommunity Group
  • "Fascinating, both in terms of method and content."
    Linda James, Nottingham
  • "Inspiring, powerful and really informative.  Well done."
    Frances Monaghan, Glasgow
  • "Fascinating and fabulous…I could spend hours listening."
    Fabrice Mourlon, Paris
  • "A unique resource giving a new perspective. Very useful and informative."
    Martyn Frampton, Cambridge
  • "A place of interest right on our doorstep."
    Moya Connolly, Belfast
  • "Excellent diversity of perspectives."
    Joe Watson, Belfast
  • "Priceless and incredible."
    Renntard Bort, Austria
  • "Wonderful record and so important to keep for future generations."
    Aisling Swaine, Belfast
  • "Powerful insight to the history of people and their community."
    Roberta Bacic, Derry