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22 October - 13 November
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Hidden Barriers: A Tour of Belfast’s Secret Peace Lines

Group of people walking past the graffiti peace walls of Belfast.

My local area theme

What’s on offer?

This event takes an alternative bus tour through the city of Belfast visiting a range of divisive architectural installations put in place by a confidential government security committee during ‘The Troubles’. The tour travels to the north, east and west of Belfast to reveal first-hand the ways in which these seemingly benign structures act as hidden peace walls between Catholic and Protestant 

What’s it about?

The Hidden Barriers research programme at Ulster University is led by Dr. David Coyles, Senior Lecturer in Architecture at the Belfast School of Architecture and Built Environment. Hidden Barriers examines how the processes of political, economic, military and ideological conflict shape urban space and community development. The ongoing work of the programme builds on a series of grant awards from the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), which has so far funded seven years of investigations into cities such as Belfast, Derry, Liverpool, Bilbao, and Detroit.

Who’s leading the event?

Dr David Coyles 

Open to

Everyone is welcome.

Of particular interest to

Anyone interested in politics, economics, military and ideological conflict,  urban space and community development.

Event booking deadline

24 hours before the event starts.