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

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

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


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

Our Summer “What’s On” Guide!


We're getting ready to publish a book!

We’re getting ready to publish a book!

Over the summer , we will be spending time developing materials for our book, thinking about layout and design ~  and preparing for our trip to the University of Ulster.

Heritage Tuesdays @ Focus On Family “Heritage Tuesdays” will run 10am – 1pm on Tuesdays throughout the summer (unless Focus on Family  is closed ). These sessions will be facilitated by Bob Curran (local historian) and/or  Jane Talbot (Project Co-ordinator).

Sessions will run on the following dates :

16th July
23rd July
30th July
6th August
13th August
20th August

On Wednesday 21st August 10am-4pm there will be a special  1-day event to make our final preparations for the trip to Ulster University.

Learning How The Professionals Do It!

By the end of the summer we will have learned ALOT and created ALOT of material for our book! Now we will be ready to learn the technical aspects of publishing a book with the help of our friends at Ulster University. Here’s what’s happening:

Tuesday 27th August : Storyboarding Our Book

We are going to learn some professional techniques for structuring our book in a way which tells the story of the Coleraine Plantation in a way that reflects the spirit of our project AND connects with all those who will be reading our book. This is a fun, creative and challenging process which will put all our teamwork skills into action!

Pick-up from Focus on Family at 9:30am , returning at 4:30pm

Tuesday 3rd September and Tuesday 10th September : Design And Production Days

Based on our storyboard for our book, we are going to try our hand at professional page design (we’ll be using print-industry standard techniques!). By the end of these 2 days, we’ll have enough material to hand onto our printers to ensure the final design and printing of a book that reflects all the fabulous work we have done over the life of the project.

Pick-up from Focus on Family at 9:30am , returning at 4:30pm on each day.

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


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