Dr Anna Bryson, BA PhD (Trinity College Dublin)
Anna Bryson joined Queen Mary University of London, in January 2004 as a Research Fellow on the penal history project (directed by Professor Seán McConville). This phase of the research, for the fourth and fifth volumes in the series, dealt with Irish political prisoners from the 1920 foundation of the Northern Ireland state until the Good Friday Agreement and its immediate aftermath, circa 2000. The research, which examined penal thought, policy and administration in a variety of shifting political and social contexts, drew on archives, official papers and special collections in the three states involved - Northern Ireland, the Irish Free State/Republic and Britain. Dr Bryson was responsible for setting up and conducting the bulk of 160 lengthy interviews in Ireland, Britain, North America and Australia. Interviewees ranged from former Secretaries of State for Northern Ireland and former Ministers of Justice to ex-prisoners of various hues and affiliations. She has since advised both statutory and private organisations on the setting up of large-scale oral history projects. Her publications encompass oral history methodology, researching divided societies, prison diaries, biography and criminology.
In collaboration with Professor Seán McConville, Anna Bryson in September 2010 embarked on The Peace Process: Layers of Meaning project. For the duration of this project (2010-2013) Dr Bryson holds a joint-appointment as Research Lecturer at the Centre for Contemporary Irish History, Trinity College Dublin.
- Anna Bryson and Guy Beiner, 'Listening to the Past and Talking to Each Other: Problems and Possibilities Facing Oral History in Ireland' (2003) 30 Irish Economic and Social History
- Anna Bryson, ‘Whatever You Say, Say Nothing: Researching Memory and Identity in Mid-Ulster, 1945-1969’ (2007) 35, 2 Oral History
- Anna Bryson (ed) The Insider: The Belfast Prison Diaries of Eamonn Boyce 1956-1962, The Lilliput Press, Dublin, 2007
The introduction to these diaries sets the context in the history of the IRA in the 1950s, British penal history and the genre of prison diaries.
- Anna Bryson, No Coward Soul: A Biography of Thekla Beere, IPA, Dublin, 2009
In spite of her double-minority status (as a Protestant and a woman) Thekla Beere (1901-1991) reached the top of the Irish Civil Service. Beere was invited in her retirement to chair the National Commission on the Status of Women.
- Seán McConville & Anna Bryson, ‘‘Observations on Criminal Justice in Accession States: Greece and Ireland’, in Maria Galanou (ed.), Essays in Honour of Professor C.D. Spinellis, Athens, N. Sakkoulas, 2010
- Anna Bryson and Seán McConville, The Routledge Guide to Interviewing: Oral History, Social Enquiry & Investigation, Routledge, London, 2013.
- Professor McConville and Dr Bryson: A guide to interviewing
11 December 2013
- Layers of Meaning: Is the interview a tool for Peace-Building?
6 December 2013
- Peace Process Project report on 'Mixed Marriages: From Hurt to Hope'
25 September 2013
- Launch of “Out of Adversity” Film by Peace Process Project
8 May 2013
- Oral history project captures stories of conflict and peace in Irish border towns
27 September 2012
- Delivering skills to capture local voices of the Irish Peace Process
20 April 2012
- Professor Sean McConville and Dr Anna Bryson 'Leaders to lift lid on peace secrets'
15 June 2011