‘Exploring Your Roots’ exhibition opens at Museum at The Mill

A NEW exhibition by Mid-Antrim Museums Service will open on Tuesday, January 17, at The Museum at The Mill, Mossley Mill.

‘Exploring Your Roots’ looks at how museums can be a unique resource for those seeking to find out more about their family history.

The exhibition has been designed to offer a flavour of the diverse collections held within the Mid-Antrim Museums Service. Speaking about the exhibition, Acting Curator for Ballymena Museum Service, Shirin Murphy commented: “Many of the treasures held by museums are items that could be hidden in your Gran’s attic, just waiting to be discovered.

“What museums can do is offer context to these items, explain what they mean, how they were used or worn. These can be little details that offer an insight into a relative’s personality, in a way that archival records cannot always do.”

A free exhibition guide is available, which includes a detailed section on local sources for family history research produced in association with the Ulster Historical Foundation.

The following events have also been organised to help you discover your past - January 17: Unlocking PRONI. Dr Ann McVeigh will show how the Public Record Office can be of help when you are tracing your family tree, 11am to 12pm, Mossley Mill, Carnmoney Road North; February 1: Graveyards Bus Tour. Guided bus tour of Newtownabbey’s historic graveyards including Ballynure, Carnmoney and Mallusk. Find out more about local historical characters and about how graveyards can assist you in your family research, 9.30am to 12.30pm. Booking essential as places will be limited, Tel: 028 9083 2363; February 2: A Window to Our Past. Francis Jones from Northern Ireland Screen will present and discuss Digital Film Archive footage from around Northern Ireland on themes such as industry, rural life and education from around the turn of the 20th century, 7pm to 7.45pm. Refreshments will be served at Mossley Mill; February 2: Unlocking A Community’s Past. Dr William Roulston from the Ulster Historical Foundation will be discussing his recent research projects, making comparisons and contrasts between Bready, Co Tyrone, and Doagh, Co Antrim, 8pm to 9pm at Mossley Mill.

The exhibition will be on display until Friday, February 24. For further information and bookings Tel: 028 9034 0129. Admission to the exhibition and all events is free. For further information visit: www.newtownabbey.gov.uk