Billy Hull was a senior prison officer in HMP Maze prison. Over a period of fifteen years at the height of the conflict, he repeatedly disobeyed an order to destroy materials. Instead he saved them.

Framed is a conceptual collage mapping the research and influence on the Keeper archive art project.
Billy's Museum installation Ulster University Gallery, 2023. Photographer Darren Kid.

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. A living history. An artwork. A record. It was more than likely that these objects and artefacts could eventually go missing or be destroyed.

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

Dunsmore recognized the responsibility she held for what she had recorded and the film Billy’s Museum (2004) is still the only civilian record of these artefacts. This responsibility to mind and preserve the record of a shared history is central to Dunsmore's KEEPER archive and exhibition series.

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

Since 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.

Billy’s Museum, 2004/re-mastered 2017 - Edition of 3 + 1AP

Edition 1, Billy's Museum, is housed in the collection of Ulster Museum, Northern Ireland.