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It set out to increase the understanding and expression of our culture and history, our people and places, through museum collections, historic sites and cultural heritage using interpretation, arts and multimedia to create a peace building legacy. The initiative is part of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council’s PEACE IV Local Area Action Plan, funded by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body, which is providing £3.5 million for community projects across the borough.

Between 2017 and 2019, Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Museum Services supported a range of community-led projects, along with a range of events, showcases and resources exploring the history of the Causeway area. Brief descriptions of each project are provided below, together with links to the web posts, archives and resources produced by each group as part of the Understanding Our Area programme.



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Email: cms@causewaycoastandglens.gov.uk
Tel: (028) 2766 0230

Accessible Heritage
Glenshane Care Association

Glenshane Care Mussenden

Glenshane Care Association.

Glenshane Care Association, based in Dungiven, are a cross-community group of adults with physical and/or learning disabilities. Their Accessible Heritage project enabled them to learn about local heritage and history while gathering information relating to the accessibility of the sites they visited.

Participants were keen to have a pre-visit talk about the history of the site and, where possible, this was delivered by other groups taking part in the Understanding Our Area programme: representatives from Hervey Heritage Group, Mountsandel Discovery and Heritage Group, Carey Historical Society, Kilrea Development Committee, Portrush Heritage Group and Dromboughil Community Association all shared their specialised knowledge with the group. In turn, Glenshane Care Association were able to share their own experiences with Museum Services.

Bringing together their own finds and those of the Accessible Heritage – RNIB project, Glenshane Care Association produced an accessibility report for the managers of heritage sites outlining their own experiences and suggestions of how accessibility might be improved. They also contributed to the Accessible Heritage Guide produced by in partnership with the Accessible Heritage – RNIB project.

Hardcopies of the Accessible Heritage Guide are free and can be picked up from Visitor Information Centres across the Borough, or by contacting Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Museum Services through this website.

A digital copy of the Accessible Heritage Guide may be downloaded here

A digital copy of the accessibility report for site managers may be downloaded here

To follow the progress of the Glenshane Care Association’s project, click here


Accessible Heritage
RNIB

RNIB participants

RNIB participants.

This aspect of the Accessible Heritage project was a regional programme led by Museum Services in partnership with RNIB. It was designed to allow people with sight loss to gain hands-on access to different aspects of the borough’s past, and highlight how they experience history in these places. After visiting 12 heritage sites across the borough, the RNIB group worked in partnership with Glenshane Care Association to produce an heritage guide which is aimed at increasing accessibility to the heritage of the Causeway Coast and Glens and allowing people with additional needs and young families to make informed decisions about their visits. The RNIB participants also contributed to the accessibility report produced by Glenshane Care Association.

Hardcopies of the Accessible Heritage Guide are free and can be picked up from Visitor Information Centres across the Borough, or by contacting Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Museum Services through this website.

A digital copy of the Accessible Heritage Guide may be downloaded here

A digital copy of the accessibility report for site managers may be downloaded here

To follow the progress of the Accessible Heritage - RNIB project, click here


Antrim Gardens Discovery Project

A geophysical survey of Antrim Gardens

A geophysical survey of Antrim Gardens.

The Portrush Heritage Group commissioned the Centre for Archaeological Fieldwork at Queen’s University to conduct a geophysical survey of Antrim Gardens, Portrush. The results have been used to build on the findings of the 2005 excavation to show the shared heritage of the site, its contribution in the history of Portrush and links to the wider area. Exhibition panels were produced to use at a range of community events.

A digital copy of the Antrim Gardens Discovery Project panels may be downloaded here

To follow the progress of Portrush Heritage Group’s project, click here


Ballintoy and Dunseverick Memories

Ballintoy and Dunseverick Memories

Ballintoy and Dunseverick Memories.

By training up their volunteers, Ballintoy Archaeological and Historical Society created an oral history archive of local people telling their stories about everyday life in the Ballintoy area. The group received oral history training and conducted a range of oral history interviews which they shared as an Audio/Visual DVD and a booklet.

Hardcopies of the Ballintoy and Dunseverick Memories booklet and DVD are free and can be picked up from Ballintoy Archaeological and Historical Society, Ballymoney Museum, or by contacting Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Museum Services through this website.

Digital copies of the book and DVD may be downloaded here

To follow the progress of the Ballintoy and Dunseverick Memories project, click here


Discovering Ballylough

Discovering Ballylough

Discovering Ballylough.

Ballylough Living History Trust co-ordinated a training programme exploring aspects of local history, archaeology and built heritage. It covered various elements from genealogy and archiving practices, to archaeology, living history, and arts based interpretation, in order to build capacity within the local community. They produced exhibition panels and a booklet detailing the information collated throughout the project.

Hardcopies of the Discovering Ballylough booklet are free and can be picked up from Ballymoney Museum, or by contacting Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Museum Services through this website.

Digital copies of the booklet and panels may be downloaded here

To follow the progress of the Ballylough Living History Trust (Discovering Ballylough) project, click here


Discovering Mountsandel

Discovering Mountsandel

Discovering Mountsandel.

The Mountsandel Discovery and Heritage Group have produced an illustrated book, The Salmon People, inspired by what life may have been like at the Mountsandel Mesolithic site. They also produced exhibition for use at community events to raise awareness and understanding of this significant prehistoric site. As part of their project the group worked with students at Northern Regional College to produce a short promotional film.

Hardcopies of the Salmon People book are free and can be picked up at Ballymoney Museum, or by contacting Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Museum Services through this website.

A digital copy of The Salmon People may be downloaded here

To follow the progress of Mountsandel Discovery and Heritage Group’s project, click here


Glor, Dhun Geimhin

Glor, Dhun Geimhin

Glor, Dhun Geimhin.

Glor, Dhun Geimhin, developed a heritage trail in Dungiven, accompanied by a brochure giving details on the sites. As part of their project they also developed an audio-visual presentation which allows them to share the sites on the heritage trail with a wider audience.

Hardcopies of Glor’s heritage trail brochure are free and can be picked up from Glore, Dhun Geimhin, from Ballymoney Museum, or by contacting Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Museum Services through this website.

Digital copies of the brochure may be downloaded here

To follow the progress of the Glor, Dhun Geimhin’s project, click here


Greetings from Cushendun

Greetings from Cushendun

Greetings from Cushendun.

The Cushendun Buildings Preservation Trust investigated the history of Cushendun as a visitor destination from its first development as a bathing resort in the 19th century. Using postcards, photographs, hotel visitor books, and oral reminiscences, they painted a picture of local life and tourism in the village, which was shared through an exhibition and accompanying booklet.

Hardcopies of the Greetings from Cushendun booklet are free and can be picked up from Ballymoney Museum, or by contacting Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Museum Services through this website.

Digital copies of the Greetings from Cushendun exhibition and booklet may be downloaded here

To follow the progress of the Cushendun Buildings Preservation Trust’s project, click here


Hervey Heritage Trail

Hervey Heritage Trail

Hervey Heritage Trail.

Hervey Heritage Group produced a heritage trail identifying sites associated with the Earl Bishop Fredrick Hervey. They also created two interpretive information panels which were installed at Tamlaghfinlagan Parish Church, Ballykelly, and St Aidan’s Church, Magilligan. Their research has provided an opportunity for people, locals and visitors alike, to learn about this colourful eighteenth century character.

Hardcopies of the Hervey Heritage Trail leaflet are free and can be picked up from Visitor Information Centres across the Borough, or by contacting Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Museum Services through this website.

A digital copy of the Hervey Heritage Trail leaflet may be downloaded here

To follow the progress of the Hervey Heritage Group’s project, click here


Historic Kilrea

Historic Kilrea

Historic Kilrea.

Kilrea Development Committee created a walking tour of Kilrea which includes the five local churches and other historic buildings, accompanied by a brochure giving details for each site. As part of their project they equipped group members with the necessary skills to guide visitors around the sites, and to assist with genealogical research.

Hardcopies of the Historic Kilrea leaflet are free and can be picked up from Visitor Information Centres across the Borough, or by contacting Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Museum Services through this website.

A digital copy of the Historic Kilrea leaflet may be downloaded here

To follow the progress of Kilrea Development Committee’s project, click here


The History of Ballymoney RBL

The History of Ballymoney RBL

The History of Ballymoney RBL.

The Royal British legion collated a history of the Ballymoney branch through stories of its people and buildings which was published as a book, exploring how the Royal British Legion has supported ex-servicemen and their families locally.

Hardcopies of the book are free and can be picked up from the Royal British Legion, Ballymoney, from Ballymoney Museum, or by contacting Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Museum Services through this website.

A digital copy of the book may be downloaded here

To follow the progress of the Royal British Legion (The History of Ballymoney RBL) project, click here


The History of Dromboughil

The History of Dromboughil

The History of Dromboughil.

Dromboughil Community Association explored the heritage of the local area by engaging with the local community to record oral stories – including memories from some of the local schools in the area which are now closed – and archive old photographs. They shared their work by producing a book and holding a community event at which the photographs and local historical artefacts were displayed.

Hardcopies of Dromboughil’s book are free and can be picked up from Dromboughil Community Association, from Ballymoney Museum, or by contacting Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Museum Services through this website.

Digital copies of the book may be downloaded here

To follow the progress of the Dromboughil Community Association’s project, click here


Lore of the Land

Lore of the Land

Lore of the Land.

The Lore of the Land regional project, in partnership with Clanmil Housing Association, engaged with older residents from four housing schemes (Abercorn Court, Cramsie Court, Glenshesk Court and Hezlet Court) to stimulate reminiscence and discussion of local folklore. Participants took part in loosely themed story-telling and reminiscence workshops, an art workshop, and folklore tours of sites across the borough: Bonamargy Friary and Dunluce Castle in Co. Antrim, and Slaghtaverty and Dungiven Priory in Co. Londonderry. The Stories explored through the workshops and tours formed the basis of a book exploring and sharing cultural heritage through the folklore of Causeway communities. Members of Carey Historical Society, the Hervey Heritage Group, and Rathlin Development and Community Association also contributed material to the Lore of the Land project.

Hardcopies of the Lore of the Land book are free and can be picked up from Ballymoney Museum, or by contacting Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Museum Services through this website.

A digital copy of Lore of the Land may be downloaded here

To follow the progress of the Lore of the Land project, click here


Our history – for keeps

Our history – for keeps

Our history – for keeps.

‘Our history – for keeps’ was a training programme developed by the Rathlin Development and Community Association. Open to all Rathlin residents, the aim of the project was to build capacity on Rathlin and leave a heritage skills legacy on the island. Including training programmes on oral histories, genealogy, the exploration of genetic ancestry through DNA, and an accredited tour guiding programme, the programme focused on the creation of archives, and how to keep them so the knowledge is available for future generations.

To follow the progress of the Rathlin Development and Community Association’s project, click here

For more information or to get involved with the ongoing work, please contact:
The Resource Centre
Rathlin Island
Co Antrim BT54 6RT
rdca@btconnect.com


Place Names and Field Names of Culfeightrin

Place Names and Field Names of Culfeightrin

Place Names and Field Names of Culfeightrin.

Carey Historical Society developed a fieldnames project for the parish of Culfeightrin, near Ballycastle. By holding a series of mapping days and interviewing local people, they produced a detailed volume recording and publishing the historic names of the area and their backgrounds.

Hardcopies of the Place Names and Field Names of Culfeightrin are free and can be picked up from Ballycastle Museum, Ballymoney Museum, or by contacting Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Museum Services through this website.

A digital copy of Place Names and Field Names of Culfeightrin may be downloaded here

To follow the progress of the Carey Historical Society’s project, click here


The Story of 1718

The Story of 1718

The Story of 1718.

Coleraine Ulster Scots Regeneration Group explored the story of the 1718 migration, principally of people from the Bann Valley, to northeast America. They produced a heritage trail and school resource to help investigate who the migrants were, why they went, where they went, and the contribution they made in the New World.

Hardcopies of the 1718 heritage trail and the 1718 school resource are free and can be picked up from Cuil Rathain Historical & Cultural Centre, Coleraine, Visitor Information Centres across the borough, and Ballymoney Museum, or by contacting Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Museum Services through this website.

Digital copies of both the 1718 heritage trail and the 1718 school resource may be downloaded here

To follow the progress of Coleraine Ulster Scots Regeneration Group’s project, click here

For more information or to get involved with the ongoing work, please contact:
The Scotti Rooms
Cuil Rathain Historical & Cultural Centre
31 Union Street
Coleraine
Co. Londonderry BT52 1QB
cuilrathainhcc@gmail.com


The Search for Molly

The Search for Molly

The Search for Molly.

The Roe Valley Ancestral Researchers have told the story of Sister Molly McGinnis, a nurse from a nationalist family from Ballykelly, who was awarded the Military Medal while working as a V.A.D. during World War I. Their book, The Search for Molly, tells Molly’s story and highlights the contribution of other local women during the Great War.

Hardcopies of the The Search for Molly book are free and can be picked up at Rascahan House and Ballymoney Museum, or by contacting Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Museum Services through this website.

A digital copy of the The Search for Molly book may be downloaded here

To follow the progress of Roe Valley Ancestral Researcher’s project, click here

For more information or to get involved with the ongoing work, please contact:
The Scotti Rooms
Cuil Rathain Historical & Cultural Centre
31 Union Street
Coleraine
Co. Londonderry BT52 1QB
cuilrathainhcc@gmail.com


Unearth Dervock

Unearth Dervock

Unearth Dervock.

Dervock and District Community Association developed a village heritage trail and book, Unearth Dervock, highlighting the rich and diverse heritage of Dervock and the surrounding area, people and places. They recorded oral histories reflecting on language and the history of the local linen industry, as well as farming traditions and horse fairs.

Hardcopies of both the heritage trail and book are free and can be picked up from Visitor Information Centres across the borough, from Ballymoney Museum, or by contacting Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Museum Services through this website.

Digital copies of both the heritage trail and book may be downloaded here

To follow the progress of the Dervock and District Community Association’s project, click here


Community Heritage Audit

Community Heritage Audit

Community Heritage Audit.

Many of our community groups, including those not participating in the PEACE IV programme, have developed heritage trails, heritage centres and trained up local people as visitor guides. Groups and local public authorities have also produced a number of publications that are only available locally and not widely publicised. In order to create a single list of these resources, Museum Services commissioned Abarta Heritage to conduct a community heritage audit.

A digital copy of the community heritage audit may be downloaded here

To follow the progress of the community heritage audit project, click here


Community Forums and Regional Training Programmes

Community Forums and Regional Training Programmes

Community Forums and Regional Training Programmes.

Alongside the individual group projects, the Understanding Our Area programme encouraged inter-group collaboration and networking through periodic community forums and other regional training programmes. The forums allowed opportunities for groups to build new relationships, engage in peer learning and support, and share resources.

Regional Training Programmes

Regional Training Programmes.

The regional training programme was delivered outside of the group projects and was therefore open to any participant in the Understanding Our Area programme. The programme provided different aspects of training designed increase the individual capacity of the participants. Training included:

  • Copyright principals
  • Oral history basics
  • Outline of museum resources
  • Object handling and conservation basics
  • DNA and genetic ancestry workshops

As part of the regional training programme, the following people successfully completed an OCN NI Level 2 Award in Tour Guiding and are now accredited tour guides: Suzanne Fol, Rachael Garrett, Stephanie Hillditch, Joanne Honeyford, Thomas McErlean, Helen Perry and Dereck Sinnamon.

Regional Training Programmes

Bonamargy.

In addition, representatives from Hervey Heritage Group, Mountsandel Discovery and Heritage Group, Carey Historical Society, Kilrea Development Committee, Portrush Heritage Group and Dromboughil Community Association shared their own knowledge with Glenshane Care Association’s Accessible Heritage programme, while individuals from Carey Historical Society, the Hervey Heritage Group, and Rathlin Development and Community Association contributed material to Clanmil’s regional Lore of the Land project.


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