Call for Work

The sounds of factory horns marked the life of workers in the numerous mills, factories and shipyards that dominated Belfast’s industry. As a ubiquitous element of Belfast’s soundscape, these sounds were a daily cue for the lives of communities across the city.

The horns are re-created in this exhibition and can be heard as a marking of time that resonates throughout the building.
Elderly members of both communities, through interviews and listening exercises, guided the identification and reconstruction of this sound experience. This sound memory was common to all participants interviewed about Belfast city’s past; a defining soundmark of that time.