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06/04/2021

Marking 100 years of Northern Ireland

The Council recently secured just over £94,000 through the Shared History Fund which The National Lottery Heritage Fund is distributing on behalf of the Northern Ireland Office.

The Council recently secured just over £94,000 through the Shared History Fund which The National Lottery Heritage Fund is distributing on behalf of the Northern Ireland Office.

This generous funding will support the Council to deliver projects that mark the centenary in a spirit of mutual respect, inclusiveness and reconciliation, in line with the Community Relations Council Principles for Remembering and Facilitate local and national awareness of the Centenary of Northern Ireland and the United Kingdom as we know it today.
 
Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey Councillor Jim Montgomery said,

“Our commemorative programme, ‘A Country’s Centenary for Our Community’- Reflecting Back, Striving Forward, is exciting and innovative and a great opportunity for us all to learn about our past and look forward to the future. It has something for everyone with specially commissioned performance art, family events, sharing stories, and even an alien landing right here in our Borough! We are looking forward to celebrating this historic milestone and would encourage to public to participate in our commemorative programme.”

 
The programme has a wide range of activity planned around the themes of reflection, celebration/commemoration and inspiration and will engage with all ages from school children to veterans and will include; 

  • Community Engagement - Scripts, Collection and Citizens – a range of community projects through narrative, objects and recognition of unsung heroes. 

  • Reflections of a Centenary – Creation of a historical travelling exhibition featuring 100 years of history in a Global, UK, ROI, NI and Borough context. 

  • An Unlikely Alliance – An original drama production telling a previously untold story of the unusual friendship and political alliance between Sir Edward Carson and Lady Jean Masserrenne of Antrim Castle. 

  • A Shared History Through The Eyes of Seniors – A Reminiscence Project which will celebrate older people and capture their untold stories in oral recordings for dramatic interpretation. 

  • Daughters of the Decades – A project which will explore the changed role of Women in Politics over 100 years.

  • An Aliens Guide to NI – A primary school educational project linked to the Personal Development and Mutual Understanding element of the curriculum, which will engage children in exploration of identity through digital animation.

 
For more details please visit: www.antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk/nicentenary

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