Accounts of the ConflictAccounts of the Conflict

A digital archive of personal accounts of the conflict in and about Northern Ireland


The ‘Accounts of the Conflict’ project is building a digital archive, based in the University of Ulster, designed to provide for the long-term storage of stories related to ‘the Troubles’ in, and about, Northern Ireland. Accounts of the Conflict is funded from the European Union’s PEACE lll programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body. The project is being undertaken by staff at INCORE (International Conflict Research Institute). The project began in 2013 and the funded phase will be completed by December 2014.

When completed a new Web site will allow users to search for information on past story-telling projects and on stories collected during the current round of Peace III funding. Where permissions can be obtained the stories will be available via the Web site. The Web site will also have a facility for future story-telling projects (2015 and beyond) to deposit digital versions with the Accounts of the Conflict archive.

Planned Resources

The main facilities to be developed by the project will include:

  • a digital repository for the long-term storage and preservation of story-telling outputs;
  • a searchable digital archive containing publicly available information about stories related to Northern Ireland;
  • a Web site where extracts from some of the stories will be available if permissions are obtained; and
  • an automatic deposit facility for future projects to add stories to Accounts of the Conflict.

News & Events


 Accounts of the Conflict:
Digitally Archiving Stories for Peacebuilding
17th-18th November 2014
Holiday Inn, Ormeau Avenue, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Registration is now open for our International Conference, Click HERE for full details on the event and how to reserve your place.



Those working on the Accounts of the Conflict project are offering to assist any group or individual who has stories related to Northern Ireland.

For current story-telling projects which have stories in a digital format there is an offer to provide long-term storage and/or presentation on the new Web site.

For ‘historical’ projects, where stories were collected some time ago, advice and assistance can be offered to convert the stories to digital format with a view to storing them in the Repository.


eu-colour-rThe Accounts of the Conflict project has received funding from the European Union’s PEACE III programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body. The PEACE III Programme, funded though the European Regional Development Fund, is worth €333 million and is aimed primarily at reinforcing progress towards a peaceful and stable society and promoting reconciliation.

It focuses on helping Northern Ireland and the Border Region of Ireland to reconcile communities and contribute towards a shared society. For more information on the SEUPB please visit