This project is funded through the Heritage Lottery’s Our Heritage small grants programme, it is managed by Newry, Mourne and Down District Council through the Ring of Gullion Partnership. The steering group is comprised of: The Bessbrook Development Company; The Bessbrook Heritage Group; and The Friends of Derrymore.
The total budget for this project is £55,000
Bessbrook grew up around the linen industry, and was named after its founders wife, Elizabeth (Bess) Nicholson and the river (brook) that runs though it. In recent times the model villages varied history and the connection with its people has been lost.
Our project aims to engage and better interpret Bessbrook’s heritage and allow people to be proud of their village again. It aims to do this by creating innovative interpretation, developing the local skills, knowledge base and networks and engaging with the local community in a fun way and host intergenerational and cross community workshops.
At the end of this project there will be;
- A fun interactive website and a searchable artefact database. Atefact’s images and information will be gathered at community ‘Show and Tell’ events, and from the local primary school’s small private collection.
- Six historical docu-dramas – a mix of interviews and scripted historical dramas to interpret the most fascinating historical events of Bessbrook’s history.
- Secondary school children and NEETs trained in a combination of the following; Media; Art for community engagement; or Artefact and historical interpretation.
- A strong community network that bridges the political, religious and generational divide.
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