The First World War was a defining era in the history of these islands and had a major influence in shaping the twentieth century. Across Ireland and Britain, museums have worked closely with communities to explore those WW1 collections in both private and public ownership.

This event on Collecting Connections looks at how these collaborations have worked and what they have yielded in helping to explore Shared Heritage across different communities - connections forged by museums and community groups through their shared interest in WW1 objects and stories. Using the backdrop of the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, and the expertise of National Museums Northern Ireland (NMNI) and Living Legacies 1914-18 Engagement Centre, we will hear about projects involving museum partners and community groups from across Ireland and the UK.

There will be opportunities for friendly and informative discussions about the importance of ‘community collecting’ and how projects in the future can have a lasting impact through objects and stories from their areas. Afternoon tea will be provided; in addition, there will be a themed tour around the Ulster Folk Museum by our WW1 tour guides.


12:30 Arrival at Cultra Manor

13:00 Introduction: William Blair, Director of Collections NMNI

13:10 Leeds to Berlin - Civilian Internship in WW1, by Lucy Moore & members of The Preservative Party

13:20 Women in Stitches, by Donna Bates with Emma McAleer, NMNI Engagement Officer

13:30 Textile Workshop - Lead by Agnis Smallwood, Leeds Textile Peace Project

14:00 TheTreasure House Project, by Sue Cathcart, NMNI and Living Legacies Short Film

14:15 South Belfast WW1 Community Event, by Darren Leighton

14:25 Group Work

15:00 Close

15:10 Traditional Afternoon Tea

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There will be optional Home Front Walking Tours around the Ulster Folk Museum. These can be booked on the day.

Living Legacies Festival Programme of Events (pdf 192792)