Paper-Trailers is a legacy archive training, research and story-telling project funded by Good Relations Funding Programme and managed by Paper Trail.
The Paper-Trailers are people impacted by the recent conflict in the north of Ireland. Most will be family members who have lost loved ones or who were injured. Others will include former combatants, political and community workers and researchers with a deep interest in the history and context of the conflict.
The project is also family-led. Project manager, Ciarán MacAirt, is an active family campaigner and legacy archive researcher, and Paper Trail’s Board is made up by family campaigners (as well as legacy lawyers and case-workers):
“The face of the conflict has changed but families still live with the consequences. Today’s battlefield is for information and, yet again, ordinary families are on the front line.”
“The continuing failure by the state to deal with the past has done nothing but re-traumatize families who lost loved ones or people who were injured. Most who dared to hope that the likes of the Historical Enquiries Team or Police Service NI would offer fair investigation and truth recovery, were gravely disappointed.”
“So it has been up to family members themselves, the great work of NGOs and battling lawyers to fight for the truth.”
“Paper Trail has helped family campaigns and legal representatives over the last number of years to seek and discover information buried deep in archives. We will now be able to train Paper-Trailers like ourselves and empower them to seek information in archives across Britain and Ireland.”
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Paper-Trailers seminars will include:
- Legacy archives and related evidence and information
- The thematic approach to legacy archive research
- Researching and targeting legacy archives in public records
- The use of Freedom of Information requests
- The Law, its processes and the importance of legacy archive research to legal cases
- Sign-posting to where families can receive free and independent support
We will also lead trips to newspaper archives and public records in Belfast and Kew, London to gather legacy archive that Paper-Trailers target. Then we will hold workshops to discuss the material we have found and its uses for the various campaigns.
Paper-Trailers will avail of Life Story/Story-Telling training, and can, if they wish, present their work in either a project publication and/or video.
Contact Ciarán MacAirt, email firstname.lastname@example.org, Skype: papertrailpro