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Press Release 3 : Ballysally’s Plantation Heritage Project “Gets Real”!

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Members of the project team at Dunluce Castle

Members of the project team at Dunluce Castle

Launched in April 2013, Focus on Family’s innovative heritage project (which is all about exploring the Coleraine Plantation story) is now well underway!

Generously supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, project members are busy undertaking an intensive learning programme whilst simultaneously working their way through a hectic heritage tour schedule.

“Our local heritage tours are geared towards really bringing the Plantation story to life,” said Jane Talbot, the project’s co-ordinator. “During this phase of the project, local historian (the lively raconteur, Dr Bob Curran) is helping us to gain a deeper understanding of the role Coleraine  played in the wider Plantation story by taking us to all sorts of inspiring places,” added Jane.

Dr Curran brings the history of the town of Coleraine to life!

Dr Curran brings the history of the town of Coleraine to life!

So far, the project team has visited Dunluce, Bushmills, Coleraine town and the Irish Society. They also enjoyed a fabulous visit to the “Project of Plantation” exhibition in the Town Hall. Expertly guided through the Plantation story by Causeway Museum’s John Hamilton, members of the project team consolidated their learning through listening to fascinating stories about the lead-up to the Plantation and beyond.

“We’re also going to the Linen Hall Library in Belfast to view important documents – that’s before going on a tour of Macosquin, Ballykelly, Dungiven and Garvagh where we’ll see the wider impact of the London Livery Companies,” said Sally Cupples (a key project member).

All these activities are building up to one of the most exciting parts of the project : a 3-day trip to the City of London at the end of June.

“We’ve had a great deal of support in organising our trip to London from both The Honourable The Irish Society and the Causeway Museum Service. We’re off to Guildhall, the Clothworkers’

Jane and Bob look very studious at the Irish Society lecture!

Jane and Bob look very studious at the Irish Society lecture!

Livery Hall, the Lord Mayor’s Mansion and the London Metropolitan Archives. We’ve had to learn all about how to get documents out of storage at the LMA and how to organise London Guides! London will bring the whole story together for us as we begin to explore the “cradle” of the “the Project of Plantation” and how the links between London and Coleraine are still alive today,” Jane went on to say.

When the group returns from London, they have a full programme of summer and autumn activities to look forward to as they begin work on their book about the Coleraine Plantation.

Edward Montgomery gives the group a tour of Cutts House.

Edward Montgomery gives the group a tour of Cutts House.

For more information about the project – or to get involved – visit www.1613andallthat.wordpress.com or email here sixteenthirteenandallthat@hotmail.co.uk or call Jane, the project co-ordinator, here 028 7032 9550

Heritage Exploration Event Schedule!

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Event Details

Venue And Timings

        Exploring The Concept Of Plantation

Date : Tuesday 30th April

Duration : 2 hours

Format : interactive session

You’ll get : a broad understanding of what “plantation” means and its specific meaning within the context of the Coleraine Plantation. You’ll also get a feel for where the Coleraine Plantation sits within the wider concept of Plantation.

Venue : Focus on Family

Facilitator : Bob Curran

Time : 1.30 – 3.30pm

Summary information sheet for project members to be provided by Bob Curran.

       The Unofficial Plantation

Date : Tuesday 7th May

Duration : ½ day (4.5 hours)

Format  : bus trip; guided tour

You’ll get : a good understanding of the MacDonnell Plantation and its legacy (including links to Ballysally). You’ll start understand the relationship (and differences) between the MacDonnell Plantation and the Coleraine Plantation.

Venue : Dunluce Castle and Bushmills

Facilitator : Bob Curran

Time : Bus pick-up from Focus on Family at 1pm , returning at 5.30pm

Summary information sheet for project members to be provided by Bob Curran.

       The Official Plantation : Coleraine

Date : Tuesday 28th May

Duration : ½ day (4.5hours)

Format  : bus trip; guided tour

You’ll get : a good understanding of the Coleraine Plantation as far as the town itself is concerned. With a chance to visit sites of historical interest which give a “before and after” sense of the impact of plantation , you will also gain an understanding of the divisions within community and a feel for the impact of apportioned “lots”.

Venue : Coleraine main town ; Killowen and Waterside (Clothworkers)

Itinerary : TBC by Bob Curran

Facilitator : Bob Curran

Time : Bus pick-up from Focus on Family 1pm , returning 5.30pm

Summary information sheet for project members to be provided by Bob Curran.

        The Honourable, The Irish Society

Date : Tuesday 4th June

Duration : 3 hours

Format  : bus trip; presentation and tour of Cutts House

You’ll get: a good understanding of how the Society was formed, why it was formed, its purpose during (and after ) the Plantation, how it operated then and its legacy (and how it operates) today. In addition, you will have a good feel for the 12 Livery Companies (their roots and why they came into being) and their role (past and present) – along with their legacy today in the “County of Coleraine”. A broad understanding of the City of London / The Corporation (its relationship with parliament and the Crown) and its evolving nature over time might just be on the cards too!

      

           Linenhall Library, Belfast

Date : Tuesday 11th June

Duration : 7 hours

Format : guided tour and supported research (looking at interesting materials for our project/book)

The Livery Companies Beyond The Town Of Coleraine

Date : Tuesday 18th June

Duration : 1 day (8.5 hours)

Format  : bus trip; guided tour

You’ll get : a good understanding of the location, impact and legacy of some of the key Livery Companies in the wider area.

Venue : Cutts House, Castleroe Road, Coleraine

Facilitator : Edward Montgomery (Bob is welcome to join the group to maintain relationship continuity).

Time : Bus pick-up from Focus on Family 1pm, returning by 4pm

Copy of slide presentation for project members to be provided by Edward Montgomery.

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Venue : Linenhall Library, Belfast

Facilitator : Bob Curran

Time : Bus pick-up from Focus on Family 10am, returning by 5pm.

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Venue : Macosquin (Merchant Taylors ~ “Agents And Castles”) ; Ballykelly (Fishmongers ~ Tamlachtfinlagan Church) ; Dungiven (Skinners ~ Dungiven Castle) ; Garvagh (Ironmongers).

Itinerary : TBC by Bob Curran

Facilitator : Bob Curran

Time : Bus pick-up from FoF at 9am , returning 5.30pm

Summary information sheet for project members to be provided by Bob Curran.

        Quiz Evening : Question Time

Date : Thursday 20th June

Duration : 2 hours

Format  : “expert panel” invited to take questions from YOU! This evening is really “ everything you wanted to know about the Coleraine Plantation but were afraid to ask about… until NOW!)”

You’ll get: the opportunity to get questions of interest answered. By this stage, you’ll also be getting a really good feel of which parts of the Plantation Story interest you the most  With the “Plantation Basics” under your belt, you’ll be ready to think about our book in more detail – and some of you will be ready to go to London!

       

           London Trip ~ keep an eye on our main London page here https://1613andallthat.wordpress.com/london/

For 6 project members, there will be the opportunity to go to London for 3 days.

Date : 25th-27th June (2 nights)

Duration : 3 days

Format : range of guided tours, lecture and Q&A sessions.

Itinerary to be confirmed. Provisional  itinerary : viewing of Coleraine Charter, tour of Guildhall, visit to Lord Mayor’s mansion, visit to the Clothworker’s Livery Hall, attendance at a special evening lecture about the Plantation.

 

Venue : Focus on Family

Facilitator : Jane Talbot

Panel : Bob Curran ; John Hamilton ;

Time : 7-9pm

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All details to be confirmed. Will be a very early bus pick-up from Focus on Family on the 25th and a late return on the 27th.

Facilitators : Jane Talbot and Bob Curran

Flights, food and accommodation provided.

Additional Dates For Your Diary :

Tuesday 21st May 10-11am : photo shoot with Lord Mayor of London, Cloonavin House.

Awaiting final confirmation. Transport available from Focus on Family.

These sessions are open to all registered project members. Those who wish to be considered for the London trip should aim to participate in the full programme.