Living history exhibition launches in Rathcoole

Laura Feeney, Jonathan Stewart, George Graham and Cathy Young at the exhibition launch in the Dunanney Centre, Rathcoole. INNT 13-408-RM
Laura Feeney, Jonathan Stewart, George Graham and Cathy Young at the exhibition launch in the Dunanney Centre, Rathcoole. INNT 13-408-RM
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THE Community Support and Development Partnership (CSDP) celebrated the launch of the ‘We Will Remember Them’, Living History of East Antrim project exhibition on Thursday, March 22.

CSDP representatives were joined by invited guests at the Dunanney Centre in Rathcoole to mark the official start of the exhibition tour, which will visit venues across East Antrim over the next couple of months.

The 10-month project received a grant of £33,800 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to enable local people across Newtownabbey, Larne and Carrickfergus to research their cultural heritage during the years around the First World War. The communities embarked on a journey of learning and exploration which led to the creation of a local exhibition capturing particular events and personal stories of those who fought in The Great War.

Martin McDonald, a member of the Heritage Lottery Fund Committee for Northern Ireland, said: “HLF is delighted to support this project and we would commend the participants on all their hard work, training, research and putting together their exhibition. Our small grant funding is here to help communities explore, protect and share the heritage that is important to them, and this project is a great example of that.”

The Living History of East Antrim project exhibition, supported by Mid-Antrim Museums Service, will visit Carrickfergus Museum & Civic Centre (March 23 - April 13), Larne Library (April 13 - 27) and Museum at The Mill, Newtownabbey (April 27 - May 11).

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