The industrial heritage of the Mid & East Antrim Borough Council area is rich and diverse, but not well known. The Local Action Group wish to examine and pilot best practice in Industrial Heritage Tourism in order to stabilise and conserve heritage assets and maximise their potential cultural and economic benefit. quarto have been appointed to carry out an audit of industrial heritage assets, consult with local stakeholders, identify best practice, and recommend two suitable development projects.
Portglenone Enterprise Group received Heritage Lottery funding to support the restoration and reuse of the old Northern Bank in the village, replicated in the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum. quarto have been commissioned to make interpretive and fit out recommendations, to reflect the past, present and future uses of the bank as a hub for community life.
In partnership with Ulidia Heritage, quarto carried out a condition and access audit of defence heritage features within the Binevenagh area and made project proposals to increase public access, education and engagement with that heritage. Our proposals have contributed towards a development application to the Heritage Lottery Fund by Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust to establish a new Binevenagh and Coastal Lowlands Landscape Partnership.
On the Brink: The Politics of Conflict 1914-1916 is a three-year project delivered in partnership by Mid-Antrim and Causeway Museums Services. It explores the history and legacy of war and revolution between 1914 and 1916 through exhibitions, events, learning activities and volunteer training. quarto have been involved in a number of aspects of the project; we have produced a body of research on memorials and other relevant sites of remembrance, designed and delivered a programme of learning workshops for secondary schools and adult community groups, and supported the delivery of the volunteer programme.
Green Shoot Productions has been working alongside local communities across Belfast to research and interpret the previously untold story of the Outdoor Relief Workers’ Strike in Belfast, 1932. The project delivered a successful programme of workshops, talks and dramatisations. quarto produced an online learning resource and exhibition exploring the history and impact of the event and supporting engagement with the forthcoming theatre production.
Sperrins Townlands Project aimed to document and engage people with the history and heritage of townlands across the Sperrins Gateway Landscape Partnership area. quarto were commissioned to carry out research into local place names, conduct oral history interviews, and design and deliver a programme of community engagement workshops. The research will be developed into local publications and contribute to community archives in local libraries and online.
A Corrymeela Community Project supported by the Republic of Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs. Running through 2015, it aims to engage civic society with the question of what a ‘shared future’ means on the island of Ireland. quarto has been commissioned to make a visual record of each 20/20 Visions workshop, with the resulting artwork to be exhibited at the end of the project.
An Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded project led by Ulster University (with the former Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure, the Community Relations Council, PSNI and The Junction in Derry), it aimed to profile non-violent and transformative commemorative practice in local communities and to create spaces for dialogue, exchange and advocacy with public bodies. quarto was commissioned to design, facilitate and evaluate the outcomes of community dialogues during the residential programme and to curate an exhibition exploring some of those outcomes.
In 2014 we delivered our second project for the Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust exploring the cultural heritage of place names. quarto were commissioned to research place names within the Causeway AONB through archives, GIS mapping and interviews with local landowners. We interpreted the information collected to produce a touring exhibition and an educational resource designed for local primary schools.
In 2014 we were commissioned to work on the 1613 And All That! project, led by Focus on Family, Ballysally, Coleraine in March 2014. We supported local community members in researching and writing the history of plantation in Coleraine and its legacy for today’s communities. To conclude the project we designed and facilitated a mapping workshop for local participants.
In September 2013 quarto designed and facilitated a creative mapping workshop with participants at the Heritage Practice in Contested Spaces seminar. The event was delivered by the Causeway Museum Service with MINOM, an affiliate of UNESCO International Council of Museums, and supported by the Community Relations Council and the North East Peace III Partnership.
Between 2012 and 2014 we worked on this HLF-funded project for the RNIB, researching and writing a publication (in text, Braille and audio formats), carrying out oral history interviews and producing an accessible exhibition.
In 2013 we were commissioned by the Heart of the Glens Landscape Partnership to carry out field survey and create a GIS database of industrial heritage in the Glens of Antrim. We also consulted with public, community and voluntary organisations in the area to develop a range of project proposals increasing access and engagement with industrial heritage, including details on potential partnerships and funding sources. Our report informed project planning for a successful Stage 2 Heritage Lottery Fund Landscape Partnership Scheme application.
In 2013 we were commissioned by the Northern Ireland Museums Council to research and collate information required for a successful Stage 2 Heritage Lottery Fund Skills for the Future application. In consultation with local museums, the Development Plan produced a framework for the delivery of the project, providing information on the aims and anticipated outcomes of the programme, an outline training plan and supplementary information on the roles, responsibilities and recruitment of project staff, participants and trainers.
In 2012 and 2013 we researched townland and field names in the Binevenagh AONB for Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust, through archives and fieldwork. The research was developed into a touring exhibition and worksheets for use in schools.
In 2012 and 2013 we carried out a series of oral history interviews for the Belfast Hills Partnership with people living in north and west Belfast on life in the hills. Excerpts from these interviews are available to listen to here http://belfasthills.org/history-culture/oral-histories/.