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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 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

 

 

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.