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Christmas Fair at The Argory

Saturday 2nd December
The Argory, Moy
Normal Admission, Members Free

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Air Pollution in the UK Post–Brexit – Tackling air pollution and delivering a cleaner, greener and healthier future for the UK

Tuesday 5th December
TBC, Central London
See website for details

NIEL AGM 2017 & GDPR Information Session

Wednesday 6th December
Window on Wildlife (WOW), Belfast
Free

Santa’s Magical Kingdom at The Argory

Thursday 7th December
The Argory, Moy
Adult £7 Child £15

Navigating the Future – Inland Waterways Development

Thursday 7th December
Waterfront Hall, Belfast
See flyer for details

Fermanagh Choral Society Christmas Concerts

Friday 8th December
Castle Coole
Adult £15

Yuletide Market at Rowallane

Saturday 9th December
Rowallane Garden
Normal Admission, Members Free

Have a go: Coppicing

Saturday 9th December
Strangford Lough
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Magical Christmas

Saturday 9th December
Castle Coole
Adult £5, Child £15

Belfast’s First Repair Café

Saturday 9th December
Farset Labs, Belfast
Free

Path Maintenance & Scrub Control

Sunday 10th December
Balloo Wetland & Woodland, Bangor
Free

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Dec out your Gingerbread Man

Saturday 16th December
Rowallane Garden
Normal Admission, Members Free, Donations Welcome

Christmas Social Event

Sunday 17th December
Members House
N/K

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Built heritage

The landscape of Northern Ireland has been shaped by man for over 9,000 years, leaving a wealth of historic monuments, buildings and archaeology which provide a valuable link to our past.

Built heritage

While many think of built heritage as resilient, it is in fact vulnerable to change. A legacy of inappropriate development and neglect has resulted in the deterioration of the built heritage in Northern Ireland. Climate change also poses significant risks which are likely to come from rainfall variations and extreme weather events – especially from wetter, milder winters that may cause a shift in the mode and rate of weathering patterns, and the threat of loss of fabric in vulnerable buildings and archaeology. Land subsidence, increased storm events and coastal processes will also present challenges to the built heritage.

The built heritage of Northern Ireland is now being recognised as one of the regions prime assets. Our built heritage has also long been recognised as an attraction to visitors, but there is massive scope to development this role in tourism and place–making further – for the good of society and of the heritage itself. NIEL work to promote a more strategic approach to the built heritage sector and the economic benefits it can bring to Northern Ireland.  

NIEL provides a secretariat service to the Northern Ireland Archaeology Forum. NIAF facilitates individuals and organisations who work to study, protect and promote the built heritage of the region. By raising the profile of the historic environment with the public and politicians, the Forum works to ensure that our heritage is valued and maintained for the future.

Northern Ireland Archaeology Forum (NIAF)

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In recent years, the condition and use of 127 important historic buildings has improved through provision of NIEA grants for repair and maintenance.

In 2011, visitor/heritage centres accounted for 13% of all visits to Northern Ireland and 11% of all visits were for historic properties.

Northern Ireland’s top historic attractions include the Botanic Gardens in Belfast (689,000 visitors), Derry City Walls (248,000), the Carrick–a–Rede Rope Bridge (238,000) and Mount Stewart House (150,000).

There has been a 26% increase in the number of scheduled monuments rising from 1,513 in 2001/02 to 1,900 in 2011/12.

The total number of protected buildings is estimated to be around 8,500 in Northern Ireland.

The total number of historic monuments is estimated to be around 200 in Northern Ireland.

There has been a modest increase in the number of buildings listed in recent years with a total of 8,497 statutory listings in 2011/12, compared to 8,191 in 2003/04.