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