Lore of the Land is a cross-community programme engaging with older residents of the Causeway Coast & Glens area. The project seeks to stimulate reminiscence and discussion of local folklore, including participant’s personal stories, in order to explore and share the cultural heritage of Causeway communities. The project is part of the PEACE IV Understanding Our Area: People and Places programme, funded by the Special EU Programmes Body and delivered by Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council’s Museum Services. quarto has contributed a body of folklore research to the project and is also facilitating a series of storytelling workshops with local community groups.
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