Making the Future

Making the Future engages people from across Northern Ireland and the border counties to take part in innovative programmes that encourage them to make their voices heard, to tell stories about their lives, and to propose ideas for a shared future.

Making the Future gives people from different communities, cultural and religious backgrounds the opportunity to take part in creative programmes, share their stories, be creative and gain new skills. These stories and creative responses are then curated in shared spaces and places – including high profile exhibitions and events, digital content and social media channels – throughout the project.

The project uses significant objects, collections and archives as a stimulus to pose challenging questions about the past, ‘take the temperature’ of where we are currently as a society, and create a manifesto for our future.

Making the Future is a major heritage project from National Museums NI, Nerve Centre, Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) and Linen Hall Library, supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).


Get involved in Making the Future

We’ve lots of exciting activities planned as part of Making the Future. Interested in taking part?

Check out the upcoming programmes to see how you can get involved.

Making the Future Past Programmes

The Making the Future project delivers regular creative programmes which use objects, collections and archives as a stimulus to pose questions and give people from different backgrounds the opportunity to get involved and have their say. 

Explore work and resources created by some of the people who have taken part in these programmes for an insight into the impact of the project and its legacy.

Collecting the Past/Making the Future. Marking Centenaries 2021

'Collecting the Past/Making the Future. Marking Centenaries 2021' is a major new exhibition in the Ulster Museum in partnership with National Museums NI and the Making the Future project that marks the partition of Ireland and the formation of NI.

Featuring over 200 objects from key collections in National Museums NI, and partners across the island, some of which have never been on display before, the exhibition explores the events that took place 100 years ago and encourages visitors to take part and reflect on the future.


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Stay up to date with Making the Future

Visit the Making the Future website for the latest news and information about the project or to sign up for regular newsletters about upcoming programmes.