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Woodland Management – Kilmacrew House, near Banbridge

Sunday 6th January
Kilmacrew House, near Banbridge
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Bog Meadows Nature Reserve – Scrub Control

Sunday 20th January
Bog Meadows Nature Reserve, Belfast
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New Partnership for NI Heritage 6 November 2018

A New Partnership for The Heritage Sector

 

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NIEL, together with some of our members, has been working in partnership with a range of Heritage organisations and the Historic Environment Division to create a new approach and vision for the historic environment in Northern Ireland.

This alliance of Northern Ireland’s heritage organisations, believe that protecting and investing in our heritage is essential to creating a better future. Our heritage supports our prosperity, strengthens our society, and shapes our character.

A range of activities have already been undertaken by this grouping. One of the key elements has been the production of a new ‘narrative’ which aims to briefly set out the opportunities which our heritage presents. ‘Treasure the Past; Enrich the Future‘ seeks to show how heritage can deliver for everyone in our society, and through a wide range of mechanisms.

Supporting Prosperity

We know that heritage is an important economic driver; every £1 invested generates up to £1.60 in extra economic activity. Heritage does this through promoting tourism, finding new life for old buildings, providing an authenticity and uniqueness to our ‘places’ and helping to attract economic investment.

Strengthening Our Society

Heritage improves our quality of life and strengthens our society. It helps to create greater social cohesion by providing a sense of identity and providing opportunities for communities to engage with one another; it provides health benefits (a recent research paper identified the value of visiting heritage sites as equal to £1,646 per person per year) and at a time when the UK is suffering severe housing shortage there are numerous opportunities to provide homes in historic buildings.

Shaping our Character

When we invest in heritage we are protecting and celebrating the character of our region and people. Our heritage makes our places distinctive and helps them to retain their character, allowing them to make the most of their ‘cultural capital’. This ‘sense of place’ underpins our society.

The full document can be accessed here.

 

Heritage Audits

Audits

One of the key elements in developing our understanding of the potential of our heritage, has been the production of 5 ‘Heritage Audits’. NIEL, commissioned by HED and HLF (through th HLF Catalyst Programme), developed audits for – North Belfast, Downpatrick, Armagh, Strabane and Lower Erne. NIEL engaged 3 consultants – Leah O’Neill, Marianne O’Kane Boal and Eddie O’Kane – to take the project forward.

The intention of the audits is to examine the heritage assets in the area, the organisations involved in the management and use of the assets, and the benefits being derived from them.

The exercise has proved very valuable in recommending further opportunities for realising economic and community value from heritage. The final versions of the report are provided below. Historic Environment Division are currently considering how best to take forward the reports’ recommendations, and to undertake audits of further areas.

The reports can be found here:

Heritage Asset Audit – Introduction

Heritage Asset Audit – North Belfast 

Heritage Asset Audit – Armagh

Heritage Asset Audit – Downpatrick 

Heritage Asset Audit – Upper Lough Erne

Heritage Asset Audit – Strabane 

Heritage Asset Audit – Audit Findings and Recommendations