One History Many Stories was a very new concept of looking at the period 1912 - 1922 through a shared and inclusive lens. The events themselves were risk taking in the fact that they tried to bring multiple perspectives to a particular period of history that for a very long time was contested.
The event itself included DVD footage from the Creative Centenaries Project Derry/Londonderry; guest speakers from a Unionist and Nationalist perspective, some academia; some local historians; music and song as well as a panel discussion on ethical and shared remembering.
The event also showcased an excellent exhibition called Postcards of the Great War and ended with a rendition of the Last Post played on the fiddle. The project was a joint partnership with Rural Community Network, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, REACT Armagh and Libraries NI.
What worked well and what, if anything, didn't?
The project was an overwhelming success with excellent positive feedback from the large audience. Evaluation sheets were completed before and after the event to gauge if learning had taken place and if attitudes had shifted. It was so successful the project was then delivered in Enniskillen, Armagh and Newry.
In terms of improvements for the way forward RCN were asked if the event itself could be filmed or recorded for wider public use and also the panel discussion was shortened to allow speakers time to deliver their talks as the period of history covered four years and this proved difficult in terms of slotting into a short 15 minute presentation.
Charmain Jones, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.ruralcommunitynetwork.org