The Maze and Long Kesh Prison

The Maze and Long Kesh Prison, based 10 miles south of Belfast and near Lisburn, operated from 1971 to 2000, when it closed as a result of the Belfast Agreement. It was composed of two parts, the earlier nissan-hut Compound area, which initially housed internees, and the later cellular H-Blocks area, which was the site of the 1981 hunger strikes. The majority of the site is now demolished and the future of the remainder is uncertain.

The Prisons Memory Archive has made 140 recordings inside the Maze and Long Kesh Prison. In this section you can watch video tours and walk-and-talk visits with people who have a connection to the prison.

As well as the full-length recordings, you can select one of the following themes to watch participants discuss that subject. Note: These recordings contain scenes which some viewers may find upsetting.