‘Museum standard’ memorabilia collection seeks permanent home
Peter Maloney was born in Buncrana to a father who hailed from County Clare and a mother from Derry.
When he was aged three Peter and his family moved to Derry then in 1958 the family moved to London.
Trained as an architect Peter began working for various local authorities.
Peter said about the collection: “I have a very large number of photos of murals, posters and badges – things that would have a short life.
“Overall I would have around 35,000 items.
“I started collecting in 1966 with the commemoration of the Easter Rising and when the Civil Rights campaign began I started gathering stuff there too.”
Peter said that he soon began to realise that a lot of the stuff he was collecting ‘was quite beautiful in itself.’
He added: “As history is written by the victor I felt that a lot of this stuff would disappear of course at the start we had no idea that the troubles would last as long as they did.”
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