Exploring the Legacy of Dancehalls in the Causeway area

Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council Museums Services were introduced to a private collection relating to the two major dance hall venues in Portrush and Limavady. This project is one of three initiatives underway that will reveal the stories contained in the collection. quarto have been contracted to design and deliver a community engagement programme around dance halls within the council area. Dancehalls are fast disappearing, if not already demolished or transformed into new uses, but they used to be right at the heart of rural community life. Living memory gives us an insight into their social role from the Second World War through to the Troubles, as an experience that was often shared across traditional community boundaries. The project is part of the Peace IV programme, Understanding Our Area – People and Places, which will increase understanding and expression of our culture and history through museum collections, historic sites and cultural heritage.