Still from the film Billy's Museum showing prison related photographs and written material
Still from Billy's Museum showing prison related photographs and documents

Billy’s Museum, 2004/re-mastered 2017, 2-channel audio, 4:3 video, 19:40 minutes, looped in exhibition presentation.

Billy Hull was a senior prison officer in HMP Maze. Over a period of fifteen years at the height of the conflict, he repeatedly disobeyed an order to destroy materials. Instead he saved them. Billy’s Museum shows the display Billy curated of these surviving objects along with interviews with him about prison and the objects. The artefacts represented in this artwork depict a scattered, non-linear biography of place, time, culture, ritual, routine, subterfuge, life and death.

In 2004, this artwork – with respect to Billy’s family and concerns for his safety - could not be shown in-full online, or exhibited in Northern Ireland. In 2021, with the acquisition of Billy’s Museum by the Ulster Museum, his responsibility for tomorrow has been fulfilled and many of the artefacts he saved, have been found and are being processed into the Ulster Museum’s collection. Billy’s Museum is the only civilian record of these artefacts which, for the first time, the public will be able to view in Northern Ireland.