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Local Heritage Team Gets Ready To Go To Press!


The project team learn the professional tricks of the publishing trade!

The project team learn the professional tricks of the publishing trade!

The 1613 And All That! Project team from Focus on Family have had a very busy summer writing their book about the Coleraine Plantation.

“After all our visits to local heritage sites and our trip to London at the beginning of the summer, it was then time to start writing our book,” said Sally Cupples, a key member of Ballysally’s very own Time Team.

“We all wrote something for the book, we all did a bit of research too and I took most of the pictures,” explained Lauren Cupples, the official team photographer . Keen young artist, Ellen Millican, supplied some illustrations too.

This group of local history enthusiasts is being helped by Dr Bob Curran. He is acting as the historical consultant in the book-writing phase of this exciting project which is being generously supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Over the past couple of weeks, the project team has been working closely with Milne Rowntree of the School of Media, Film and Journalism at UlsterUniversity. Working with the university has been an important part of the book-writing process. The team learned about professional page design and some of the technical aspects of publishing a book.

“We really appreciated the fabulously warm welcome given to us by both Milne and Dr Colm Murphy, Head of School,” said Jane Talbot, the Project Co-ordinator.

The Ballysally-based team is now busy “tidying up” the book ready to submit to the printers. “We’re aiming to have an official launch event in early December – so our next steps are all about planning and marketing the launch. We don’t get to take our foot off the pedal!” exclaimed Sally.

If you want to find out more about the 1613 And All That Project! you can visit their website here www.1613andallthat.wordpress.com


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

Ambassador Programme Launching Soon!


It's Going To Be An Incredible Journey!

It’s Going To Be An Incredible Journey!

Monday 22nd April sees the launch of our project’s exciting ” Coleraine Ambassador Programme“. This inspiring 6-day programme is open to all our project members and is all about developing skills to help the project achieve its outcomes – and specifically to develop confidence and knowledge to lead local heritage trails.

Part One : Foundation Programme (4 days)

If you’re registered on the programme, during the foundation programme you’ll get to:

1.Understand yourself and others better.

2. Build and manage relationships in a skilful and sensitive way.

3. Build confidence.

4. Develop communication and presentation skills.

5. Manage your emotions effectively.

6. Build basic coaching skills that you can use to help and support others.

7. Really enjoy learning about heritage, history and life!

Training for the Foundation Programme will be on a Monday at Focus On Family, 9.30 – 4.30pm on the following dates :

Monday 22nd April

Monday 29th April

Monday 3rd June

Monday 17th June

Part 2 : Learning To Lead Heritage Tours (2 days)

To build tour-guiding skills, you will have the opportunity to:

1. Be a  “customer” on a guided tour (so you can watch another guide at work)
2. Be coached through designated tours.This segment of the training is the equivalent of a full dress-rehearsal.

This element of the  training will take place over the months of November and December , with you being ready to lead tours at the end of 2013 / beginning of 2014.


The initial 4-day programme meets the training requirements of the ABNLP (American Board of Neuro-Linguistic Programming) at Diploma level (4 days) and will also be accredited by the IACTM (International Association Of Coaches, Therapists and Mentors).

Upon successful completion of the initial 4-day programme, you will be eligible for the following certifications :

1.       Diploma in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (ABNLP)

2.       Community Coach (Foundation Level) (IACTM)

The possibility of certification as a “Coleraine Ambassador” upon successful completion of the final 2 days is currently being explored with Coleraine Borough Council. In order to be eligible for this award, you will need to have completed the full 4+2 days.

We’ll keep you posted with all learning programme news here : so keep ’em peeled!