Thomas Hanson

Twitter: @tmmht2
Instagram: @conflictcurated

Research title: Remembering ‘The Troubles’: Contextualisation Practices in Archiving of Conflict Photography

Research Summary

My research examines how photographic collections of The Troubles (1960s-present), held within museum archives and other archival institutions, are documented and contextualised through titles, captions, and keywords. It will seek to uncover how archival and documentation practices impact on understanding and memory of The Troubles and, more broadly, of contested histories, particularly in the context of victimhood, silent heritage and peace-building.

By working with a number of SGSAH partners, as well as further afield in Ireland and England, this project will identify how bias infiltrates documentation practices and is consequently reflected into the public realm. 

My overall research interests surround the following core themes:

Archival Studies
Memory Studies 
Agonistic Memory
Silent Heritage


External supervisors

Dr Niall Whelehan (University of Strathclyde)


SGSAH AHRC DTP Studentship