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Press Release : Local Heritage Project Is Ready To Go Walkabout!

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Members of the project team at Dunluce Castle earlier this year.

Members of the project team at Dunluce Castle earlier this year.

The 1613 And All That! Project Team based at Focus on Family in Ballysally has been researching the history of the Coleraine Plantation for a whole year – and now it’s time for us to start sharing the fascinating story of our home town.

If you are interested in finding out more about your town, we warmly invite you to take part in a guided walking tour of Coleraine followed by a fascinating interactive mapping workshop on Monday 24th March.

The mapping workshop helps you to  think about everyday spaces and places in new ways.  By the end of the workshop you will have created a multi-dimensional map of Coleraine which reflects the perspectives of all workshop participants.

11:15 – 11:30   – Meet outside Coleraine Town Hall

11:30  – 12:15   – Heritage  Walking Trail

12:30 – 13:00   – Buffet lunch at Coleraine Leisure Centre

13:00  – 16: 00  – Interactive mapping workshop at CLC

Spaces are limited to 20 for this event. You must book your space in advance and by  Tuesday 18th March.  Spaces will be offered on a first-come-first-served basis.  This is a free event supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

You can book your place by contacting Jane Talbot, our Project Coordinator, here 7032 9550 or here 07739 046943 or here sixteenthirteenandallthat@hotmail.co.uk

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We Made A Video Of The Plantation Rap!

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At our Plantation Party in August (you can find more out about this here ), young film-maker, Daniel Gough, recorded some of the highlights of the day. He turned the highlights of that day into a short film (the one above!)

The film shows some of the rehearsals of our Plantation Rap and a short performance at the end.

We achieved all this in less than 2 hours : so the young people involved can be really proud of themselves!

Plantation Rocks!

Press Release 5 : Plantation Rocks!

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The Plantation Party is in full swing!

The Plantation Party is in full swing!

On August the 14th, 30 young people from the Coleraine area got together at the North Coast Integrated College to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the granting of the town’s Royal charter in an exciting way!

 Young people from NCIC, St Joseph’s, Coleraine College and Dunluce High School were invited to join a “Plantation Party”. The event formed part of a Summer Scheme programme organised by Lorna Gough, Education Community Development Worker.

The day provided an opportunity to get involved in all sorts of inspiring activities that were designed to help gain an insight into the story of the Coleraine Plantation.

The programme, generously supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, kicked off with a presentation about the history of the Plantation . This presentation was designed and delivered by the 1613 And All That! Project Team ~a community heritage project based at Focus on Family in Ballysally.

 Next up, Dr Bob Curran helped the young people to explore the realities of life in the seventeenth century.

The rapping crew are rocking!

The rapping crew are rocking!

 The rest of the day had fabulous appeal for those with an artistic interest or a talent for performance. Some of the group spent time creating “bricks” for a seventeenth century graffiti wall, whilst the rest of the group rehearsed and performed a Horrible Histories-style rap about the Plantation.

 Lorna will continue to work with the young artists to create a final version of the graffiti wall for an exhibition later in the year. Meanwhile, camera man Danny Gough (who was ably assisted by his brother Lewis) is putting the final editorial touches to a video of the rap.

“It was fabulous working with the young people on the rap,” said Jane, Project Co-ordinator for 1613 And All That! “They were extremely creative : they made some great suggestions and brought really positive energy to the activity.”

Getting word perfect!

Getting word perfect!

If you want to learn more about the 1613 And All That! Project, please visit their website www.1613andallthat.wordpress.com

Press Release 4 : Ballysally Heritage Team Makes The London Connection!

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The group take a tour of the Mansion House!

The group take a tour of the Mansion House!

“The 1613 And all That!” project team is coming back to earth after a fabulous heritage trip to London at the end of June.

The Ballysally-based project, generously supported by both the Heritage Lottery Fund and The Irish Society,  aims to explore the story of the Coleraine Plantation. The trip to London was all about bringing the links between London and Coleraine to life.

“It was a fabulous experience from start to finish!” said Sammy-Jo, a key project member. “Not only did we get to see places that we’d only heard about up until now but we also had a whole heap of new experiences that have opened up new avenues of possibility for us!” she enthused.

Navigating their way through Heathrow airport and negotiating London’s notorious “Tube” were all part of a day’s work for this intrepid bunch who boldly went where many Plantation historians would love to venture over the course of 3 days.

Sammy-Jo and Lauren take their own evening tour!

Sammy-Jo and Lauren take their own evening tour!

Accompanied by local historian, Dr Bob Curran, the budding researchers (who would give Time Team a run for their money!) checked out the Museum of London, the Clothworkers’ Livery Hall, the Lord Mayor’s Mansion House, Guildhall, an evening Gresham Lecture about the Plantation and the London Metropolitan Archives.

“It was lovely that the Lord Mayor was in residence – and remembered us from the photoshoot at Cloonavin,” said Elaine (whose daughter is the project illustrator) “And John Davies ,who gave us a private guided tour of the Mansion House, was really funny and engaging!” she went on to say.

“The warm welcome by Kathryn , the archivist, at the Clothworkers’ Hall was lovely. She told us all about the Clothworkers’ Company and then gave us a guided tour of the opulent hall – including seeing the actual signature of James 1st!” said Sally, a natural historian with an incredible eye for detail.

The Guildhall tour was led by Rob Jeffries. “He was so enthusiastic and he really made sure that his tour was relevant to our project. As we looked upwards in the Great Hall and saw all the crests of the Livery Companies, it was like being transported back to the very beginning of the story!” exclaimed Lauren, the project photographer (who had a definite “love- at- first- sight” experience with London!)

Lauren checks out documents at the Clothworkers' Hall

Lauren checks out documents at the Clothworkers’ Hall

After their tour of Guildhall, the group were looked after by Candya Farmer of The Honourable, The Irish Society . “We were so glad to see Candya on Wednesday afternoon! We were exhausted and we really appreciated a good London cuppa!” said Jane, the Project Co-ordinator. “We can’t thank Candya Farmer and Edward Montgomery from the Irish Society enough for their support. Candya gave lots of brilliant advice about organising our itinerary and the wonderful grant we received allowed us to see very special places and experience a once-in-a-lifetime window on our own heritage,” Jane went on to say.

After taking in the evening Gresham Lecture in the Old Library at the Guildhall (delivered by Professor Ian Archer about the early years of the Plantation), there were big smiles all around as a very big penny dropped. “We know this stuff!” exclaimed Sally.

The group’s final day was spent with Howard Doble at the London Metropolitan Archives. They saw transcripts of the Coleraine Charter, maps and very old books which gave the team a really good feel of what life was like in Coleraine at the time of the Plantation. “We went into a special room where documents and books are restored. It was a real privilege to see “behind closed doors”. I love maps and the intricacy of the artwork – I could have spent days in that room!” added Elaine.

Rob guides the group through Guildhall!

Rob guides the group through Guildhall!

The project team are now back at base at Focus on Family in Ballysally. “We’ve our sleeves rolled up for a full-on summer of activity : writing our book , developing a heritage presentation to take on tour and working with Ulster University to learn all about professional publishing!” exclaimed the Project Co-ordinator.

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 Irish Society coat of arms, colour, jpg

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

Press Release 2 : Ambassador Programme Gets Underway!

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One of the programme members takes the helm!

One of the programme members takes the helm!

Hot on the heels of the recent launch of Focus on Family’s exciting heritage project “1613 And All That! ~ An Exploration Of The Plantation Of Coleraine”, the first strand of this Heritage Lottery funded project is now well underway.

On Monday 22nd April, project members began an innovative learning programme which, over the life of the heritage project, will help participants to :

1. Develop a real sense of pride in Coleraine and its heritage.

2. Develop competency in facilitating both local heritage tours and information sessions.

3. Increase levels of self-awareness.
4. Support the development of relationship- management skills.
5. Build self-confidence.

6. Develop communication and presentation skills.
7. Build basic coaching skills.

Aptly called “The Ambassador Programme”, this course is designed to help participants to get the most out of the wider heritage project.

Whilst project members build a growing sense of pride in Coleraine through connecting to their heritage – and to themselves – in new ways, it is also clear that Coleraine can be proud of its people and communities who, through projects like this, keep the vibrant, ongoing story of Coleraine alive and kicking.

“The learning programme is helping me to learn more about who I am and I’m feeling really upbeat about the rest of the project. It’s giving a whole new meaning to the word “home” for me,” said Sally Cupples, project member.

Elaine Millican, another project member, added “The Ambassador Programme is not only giving me the skills to get the most out of the heritage project, it’s also giving me the skills and support to deal with issues from my own past. The group is open and welcoming : the project team is already gelling really well.”

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

 

Press Release 1 : Focus On Family Launches Its Inspiring Heritage Project

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Our Official Project Launch!

Our Official Project Launch!

There’s a new buzz around Focus on Family, the nurturing and development centre at the very heart of the Ballysally Estate.  With generous support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Focus on Family is helping local people to engage with their heritage in new ways. And given Coleraine is celebrating the 400th anniversary of the granting of its Royal Charter this year, this is the perfect time to explore the story of the Coleraine Plantation.

“Our project offers people in the Ballysally area an opportunity not only to connect to local heritage but also to meet new people, learn new skills and share the history of Coleraine in exciting and fun ways,” says Brendan Patterson, Manager of Focus On Family.

The project was officially launched on Tuesday 16th of April. During the launch event, those registered on the project got to find out more about everything that’s going on over the next year and to meet some of the people they will be getting to know during this time too.

“Our project is called 1613 And All That!” adds Jane Talbot, Project Co-ordinator. “Not only are we exploring the story of the Coleraine Plantation at a local level, we’re also going to London! We’re planning to see the Coleraine Charter itself and to visit one of the Livery Halls. It’s a fantastic opportunity for everyone involved.”

Angela Lavin of Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) added her encouragement to the project team. “HLF were delighted to fund this exciting local heritage project. We are always pleased to help communities explore their heritage and would urge other groups to follow Focus on Family’s example and have a go at our small grants programmes Sharing Heritage or Our Heritage.”

Jane (Project Co-ordinator); Brendan (Focus on Family) and Bob (local historian)

Jane (Project Co-ordinator); Brendan (Focus on Family) and Bob (local historian)

With expert support from Bob Curran (local historian), The Honourable The Irish Society, the Causeway Museum Service and Ulster University, project members are in for a real treat.

The project culminates in the production of a book .Those project team members who have completed the “Ambassador Programme” (the project’s inspiring learning programme) will even get to facilitate local heritage tours and information sessions.

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

About The Heritage Lottery Fund

Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) sustains and transforms a wide range of heritage for present and future generations to take part in, learn from and enjoy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, HLF invest in every part of our diverse heritage.

Since 1994 the Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded £154.9million to over 1,000 projects across Northern Ireland.

HLFHI_2747This project is funded through the Heritage Lottery “Fund Your Heritage” programme. This grant programme was replaced February by two new programmes “Sharing Heritage” and “Our Heritage”. More information about all HLF funding can be found at http://www.hlf.org.uk