Public Record Office of Northern Ireland
11 April — 28 June 2019
In Her Words brings forward the voices and experiences of unseen women, written by them in their own words, found in diaries and letters held by PRONI. This exhibition provides an intimate insight into the lives of these women, allowing them to speak for themselves and tell their own story. They are not women you are likely to have heard of before, they are everyday women, living their lives in the midst of history.
Their words give us a glimpse into the reality of life for women, across a century. Women, and their experiences, are not present in many historical documents. Letters, and diaries in particular, were the personal way that women were able to document their life experiences, their opinions, their interests, their hopes and their aspirations.
The letters and diaries in this exhibition are a representation of what is held in the PRONI archives, and the information that can be found within them. However, they are not even close to a full representation of women’s experiences in this part of the world over the last 150 years. We may never be able to recover the stories of all these women – but will bring forward some of the voices we have found. Their time has come.
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday, 9am – 4.45pm (Thursdays 10am - 8.45pm)