Shared History Fund: bringing people together to mark Centenary of Northern Ireland

Created on: Friday, 12 March 2021. Posted in: News

Shared History Fund: bringing people together to mark Centenary of Northern Ireland

£1mllion Shared History Fund brings people together to mark the Centenary of Northern Ireland

The National Lottery Heritage Fund has announced that 39 projects, including one from Newry Mourne and Down District Council,  will benefit from £1million of funding through the Shared History Fund to help mark the Centenary of Northern Ireland.

The Shared History Fund, which The National Lottery Heritage Fund is distributing on behalf of the Northern Ireland Office, will support groups in marking the Centenary of Northern Ireland in 2021 in a thoughtful, inclusive and engaging way.

Project name: My townland memories - 1921 to 2021
Organisation:
Newry, Mourne and Down District Council
Grant awarded:
£53,800

‘My townland memories - 1921 to 2021’ is a project which will help communities to explore the heritage of their townland area, and the stories and histories of those who lived and worked there from 1921 to the present day.

The project, located in the three AONB in Newry, Mourne and Down will be based on an intergenerational oral social history, capturing and presenting it; facilitated by schools, Museums, senior’s groups, and local families.

People will have the opportunity to engage with their oral history through a series of community workshops and events from local village groups, to artists and crafts people, luncheon clubs, and seniors groups as well as the “harder to reach” communities such as Irish Travellers.

The programme will include:

  • Gathering of oral histories through community outreach workshops and oral history evenings
  • Compilation of oral histories into videos, recordings and written histories
  • Online and in-person lectures
  • Development and production of hard copy townland maps brochure
  • Final celebration event


The project has been developed as a partnership including Una Walsh (lead facilitator), Down County, Newry and North Down Museums and the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Geopark within NMDC. Expert inputs from Queen’s University Belfast School of Natural & Built Environment, and additional specialist support from Happy Days Seniors Group and Mullaghbane Primary School.

We look forward to delivering this project across the Strangford and Lecale, Ring of Gullion and Mourne AONBs.

A full list of grants awarded through the Shared History Fund is available at www.heritagefund.org.uk

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