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Nobel Peace Prize Medal

Where can you see this object?

In the Gold Medal Winners case in the Troubles gallery.

Which collection is this object part of?

History collection

Why is this object important?


The Nobel Peace Prize for 1976 was awarded jointly to Betty Williams and Mairead Corrigan for their work to promote the cause of peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland. 

On 10 August 1976 a member of the IRA was shot dead by the British Army while driving a getaway car, resulting in a crash that killed three children from the Maguire family. The tragedy provoked huge public reaction and two days later a memorial service was attended by over 1,000 women.

The continuing demonstrations that followed led to the founding of the Peace People by Mairead Corrigan, the children’s aunt, Betty Williams, a witness to the incident, and Ciaran McKeown, a Belfast journalist. Together they organised rallies in Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and Britain and worked to improve cross-community relations. 

The Peace People continue to work for nonviolence in countries throughout the world today.

What should you look out for when you go to see this object?

The front of the medal features a profile of Alfred Nobel, while the back shows three men in a fraternal bond with the inscription ‘Pro Pace et Fraternitate Gentium’ (For the Peace and Brotherhood of Men).