What is the purpose of the project?

This project is being carried out as part of a study into a sensory history of the Troubles. It aims to capture memories of everyday life in Northern Ireland between 1969 and 1998. The project is designed to encourage people to think of the past in terms of sight, sound, smell, taste and touch. This approach allows us to open up new memories and to tell the story of the Troubles in a different way: one which focuses on ordinary life.

Do I have to take part?

No, it’s up to you if you want to, or not.

What does taking part mean?

You will upload some memories of the Troubles that you would like to share with the project. This can take the form of a single memory or something much longer, it is entirely up to you.

In order to upload the information you will be asked some questions about yourself. This is so that your experience can be understood in its historical context. You can decide to give this information anonymously.

What will happen to the information collected about me?

Your personal information (name, age, email address) will be stored on a secure server held by Teesside University. It will be destroyed after ten years.

What happens to the memories I share?

A copy of your contribution will be held in Teesside University Repository, Pure. This is to ensure that all information can be retained and verified.

Your personal data

We are collecting and storing this personal information in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018 which legislate to protect your personal information.

Personal data including special category data obtained for the purposes of this research project is processed lawfully in the necessary performance of scientific or historical research or for statistical purposes carried out in the public interest. Processing of personal data including special category data is proportionate to the aims pursued, respects the essence of data protection and provides suitable and specific measures to safeguard the rights and interests of the data subject in full compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation and the Data Protection Act 2018.

What happens if I do not want to take part or if I change my mind?

If you upload information and change your mind, you are free to withdraw it and it will not be used in the project. You will be asked if you are happy for extracts of your memories to be shared on the website. You will have two weeks to withdraw this consent.

What happens if there are any problems?

If you are unhappy, or there is a problem, please talk to me.  If you remain unhappy, or there is an issue which you do not wish to talk to me about please contact: Professor Tim Thompson, Chair of the Research Ethics Committee at Teesside University:

Who has access to the material I upload?

During the life of the project, Roisín Higgins has access to the material. She may share it on the website and discuss and publish it as part of her research. She will not do this without your consent.

What happens at the end of the project?

The material will be held in Teesside University Repository, Pure. This is a digital archive which is intended to preserve academic research undertaken by Teesside academics.

Will I be quoted?

You will be asked if you are satisfied for this to happen. It is also possible that after archiving, future researchers and academics may use the archive. You will also be asked if you are happy about this.

Will I be paid for participating in the research?

There will be no payment for participating in the research.

Will the outcomes of the research be published?

The outcomes of the research may be used in research, publications, education, lectures, broadcasting and the internet. I will never use your information without your consent.

Who has approved this study?

This study has been approved by the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Law Research Ethics Subcommittee, Teesside University.

Thank you for reading this information sheet and for considering whether or not to take part in this study.  If you would like more information about the project then please contact me at