We are currently working with Big Telly Theatre Company and local volunteers to research and write unique performance pieces exploring the industrial heritage of Carnlough. The performances are one element of a project developed by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council Museum Service as part of the European Year of Cultural Heritage and will form part of the European Heritage Open Days programme.
quarto is working in partnership with Mark Lusby of the Friends of Derry Walls to support the Siege Museum in delivering a six-month learning and participation programme supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. We will be engaging with local secondary schools through living history; delivering a community archaeology programme with Queen’s University Belfast; developing a Siege Heritage Trail; planning and delivering a varied events and exhibitions programme; advising museum volunteers on developing their tour guiding skills; as well as developing the skills and capacity of the museum to apply for museum accreditation.
quarto has been working with a significant family archive this year. Accessioning and cataloguing is underway, and a publication has been produced. We hope to develop this work in 2018, producing learning resources for local schools using photographs, documents, maps and other material from the archive to tell a story about class, religious practices, Bangor and the linen industry in the north of Ireland.
Kids’ Own Publishing Partnership works with artists on children’s education. Long-term project Virtually There places artists in schools via the interactive whiteboard. Year by year, artists work closely with teachers to take children through a programme of art practice from their studios. This year, 10 schools across Northern Ireland are working with 10 artists from North and South and further afield. Recently, Kids’ Own received a ‘More and Better’ grant through the Paul Hamlyn Foundation to carry out action research into Virtually There, and quarto are undertaking this research.
Lough Neagh Partnership aims to address the heritage needs of the Lough and its shoreline on a holistic integrated landscape basis. As part of the Lough Neagh Landscape Partnership’s cultural education programmes, quarto have been commissioned to develop and deliver a Reminiscence Programme that will collect and record stories and recollections about fishing, boats, industry, World War II and folklore & traditions from Lough Neagh. The programme will explore, record and bring to life stories and experiences on the shared cultural heritage and history of Lough Neagh, increasing understanding of the cultural and social relationships around the Lough and providing a resource that contributes to a greater understanding of local heritage.
Supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council has embarked on a three year project that will increase access to the Sam Henry Collection held by Coleraine Museum.
Sam Henry: Connecting with the Past, Collecting for the Future will reveal previously undocumented aspects of the collection and inspire local communities to create new collections of cultural identity. quarto will be responsible for delivering the first phase of the community engagement programme, encouraging local community groups to engage with Sam Henry as a person, collector, antiquarian, folklorist, writer and musician, and supporting them to curate a public exhibition.
“The Sam Henry Collection is a great underutilised treasure trove of songs, stories, books and photographs. It represents one of the most significant undocumented literary and cultural archives in Northern Ireland today.” Dr Frank Ferguson, Senior Lecturer , Arts & Humanities Research Institute, Ulster University 2016