Year 10 Belfast Murals Trip
On Friday 23rd February 2018, 50 excited Year 10 History pupils, accompanied by History staff, made their way to Belfast on the annual mural and historical tour in preparation for their study of the Northern Ireland Conflict.
Pupils were treated to an insightful and enjoyable tour of various parts of Belfast. They began with an introduction to the Crumlin Road Jail and Courthouse where they found out some interesting facts on the historic buildings. Pupils then visited the Ardoyne/Twadell interface in North Belfast that has witnessed much trouble in recent years, before they took a walk down the Shankill Road viewing some historical murals and learning about the events of the 1912-14 Home Rule period, as well as the more recent conflict. Pupils then made their way to the peace wall that separates the two communities in Belfast and were amazed at both its height and purpose. Everyone enjoyed signing the wall and leaving their own messages as well as reading the many thousands that have been left over the years.
After boarding the bus, pupils visited the areas where gates are closed in the evenings to separate the communities before taking a whistle tour of West Belfast’s Falls Road area. On our way to Stormont, pupils visited the East Belfast interface of the Newtownards Road and Short Strand taking in the many murals dedicated to the memory of the Titanic and World War One. When at Stormont pupils admired the splendour of the historic building, with both pupils and staff enjoying a knowledgeable and educational day which will develop pupils’ understanding of the Troubles period and help them prepare for GCSE History.