A selection of extracts from PMA recordings at Armagh Gaol and Maze and Long Kesh. Hear from former prisoners, prison officers, journalists, teachers and more.

Legal education: Kevin Winters

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Kevin visits the legal consultation booths and reflects on his experience of working as a solicitor in the prison.

H-Blocks: Kenneth Simpson

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Kenneth talks about the organisation of the H-Blocks.

Escape Cell: Evelyn Brady and Cate Mackie

Armagh Gaol

Evelyn and Cate visit a cell that was used during an escape attempt from Armagh Gaol.

Teaching: Joanna McMinn

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Joanna reflects on her experience of teaching in the H-Blocks.

Noise: Peter Taylor

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Peter recounts the cacophony of noise in the wings of the H-Blocks.

Filming: Peter Taylor

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Peter comments on his experience of filming the documentary ‘Enemies Within’ in the H-Blocks.

1981 Hunger Strike: Laurence McKeown

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Laurence describes the impact of his hunger strike on his eyesight and sense of smell.

Long Kesh: Peter Taylor

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Peter talks about the significance of the Long Kesh site during both the conflict and the development of the peace process.

Regime: Evelyn Brady And Cate Mackie

Armagh Gaol

Cate talks about the role of the OC and the regime adopted in a political wing of Armagh Gaol.

Probation: Valerie Owens and Eleanor Mulligan

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Valerie talks about the experience of working as a probation officer in the Maze and Long Kesh Prison.

Education: Bobby Rogers

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Bobby talks about how education was encouraged and supported by the organisation outside the prison.

Escape Attempt: Evelyn Brady and Cate Mackie

Armagh Gaol

Evelyn recounts an attempted escape from Armagh Gaol.

Education: Maurice Kennedy

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Maurice reflects on the value placed on education – and educators – by the prisoners.

Communication: Michael Culbert

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Michael recounts how prisoners used to communicate across the H-Blocks.

1983 Escape: Brendan McFarlane

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Brendan talks about the escape from H-Block 7 in 1983.

‘Why are you here?’ William Mitchell

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William talks about first meeting Gusty Spence in a compound of Long Kesh.

Handicrafts: Christopher McWilliams and Martin McElkerney

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Martin remembers prisoners making handicrafts in a H-Block wing.

1981 Hunger Strike: Danny Morrison

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Danny describes visiting the prison hospital during the 1981 hunger strike.