The second film in the Whose History? series, ‘2600’, is now live! Our living memorial to the 2,600 anonymous migrants who fled the Famine in Ireland in the 1840s, and died in Liverpool, features 26 individuals or family groups connected to the Institute of Irish Studies and the University of Liverpool. On a very hot day back in July, they each performed a simple act in memory of those nameless people who were buried in unmarked pauper graves on Mulberry Street. You can watch the film here, on Liverpool’s Whose History? website.
We’re delighted to be partnering with the Liverpool Irish Festival later this month to showcase the film and to reflect on the stories and histories it represents, and on the challenges of commemoration. Sidelong Glance co-director Eleanor Lybeck will chair a panel discussion with historian and poet Greg Quiery, whose work was such an inspiration for this film; and Dr Niamh Ann Kelly, lecturer in Contemporary Visual Culture at the School of Creative Arts at TU Dublin, whose research centres on postcolonial conditionings of material and visual heritage, and the extent to which this heritage can aid historical understanding. The event, ‘Near this Place: Famine Lives and Afterlives in 2600’ will include a screening of the film. It is free, online, and all are welcome to attend. Advance booking at this link is required. We look forward to seeing you there!