Down Heritage Network Conference: Our Maritime Heritage

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Friday, June 19th, 2015
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Down County Museum, Newry and Mourne Museum and the Strangford Lough and Lecale Partnership joined together to organise a very special conference on local maritime heritage which was attended by members of community groups from throughout the Newry, Mourne and Down District Council area and from other areas of County Down. Conf June15In 2013 Down County Museum and Newry and Mourne Museum inaugurated a new network to bring together organisations and groups involved in heritage across the County. The purpose of the network is to share expertise and experiences and enable community, heritage and cultural groups to learn from each other to maintain and improve heritage resources and skills in local areas. Recent conferences have looked at World War I in the locality and at local history collections held by the museums. The third annual conference took place at the Cuan in Strangford during the annual Strangford Lough Festival. It was an opportunity for local groups to come together to find out more about maritime heritage in the Down, Newry and Strangford Lough area and discover how local groups are preserving, interpreting and bringing to life maritime heritage for all. Speakers included Victoria Millar and Madeleine McAllister from Down County Museum talking about the Museum’s diverse collection of maritime related photographs and objects and revealing plans for the new farming and fishing gallery which will open at the museum in September; Noreen Cunningham and Shane McGivern from Newry and Mourne Museum talking about the Reside Collection of documents and other material relating to Newry’s port area; Jennifer Firth from the DOE’s Marine Conservation branch talking about the importance of Strangford Lough as a conservation area and Caroline Nolan from the Strangford Lough and Lecale Partnership talking about how the project has linked communities from across the Lough area in conserving and interpreting their culture and heritage. The conference was very well received by participants and speaking before the conference started, Chairperson of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, Councillor Naomi Bailie said, “I am delighted to see so many interested local people here to find out more about the important maritime heritage in our area. “This is a great opportunity to exchange information about the important role communities working along our coastline, across Strangford Lough and on our canal have played in the development of industry, trade and leisure and how vital it is to preserve their heritage and culture created in these areas,” she added. For further information please contact Down County Museum on 028 4461 5218.

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