The Diaries of Lilian Spender

Donegal County Museum, the Regional Cultural Centre and the Museum and Heritage Service of Derry City and Strabane District Council have commissioned and produced a series of six short video pieces which highlight the experiences of women during the Revolutionary Period (1919-1923).  These videos provide snapshots of the period, exploring the stories of women during the struggle for independence and the changing role of women in society at this time. 

The Derry films feature Lady Lilian Spender on a tour along the newly-established border in June 1923. Lady Spender wrote detailed observations of her visits to Clady and Pettigo in her diaries while on her way to Enniskillen.

Use of writings from the Diaries of Lilian Spender are by courtesy of the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland. The video pieces were produced by Dark Daughter Productions with videography by Oath Film Studio. These videos have been supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media under the Decade of Centenaries 2012-2023 initiative.


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