Mellon Centre for Migration Studies


 Customer Notice - opening dates and times during the festive season


The Mellon Centre for Migration Studies will be closed from Saturday 22 December ​until Tuesday 1 January​ inclusive. To find a library that is open during the festive period check our latest service updates.

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Branch Manager\Contact:
Christine Johnston
2 Mellon Road
BT78 5QU
t:028 8225 6315
f:028 8224 2241
Minicom:028 8224 2241
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Opening hours for Mellon Centre for Migration Studies
Monday:Closed on Monday
Tuesday:10:00am - 12:30pm   1:00pm - 4:00pm
Wednesday:10:00am - 12:30pm   1:00pm - 4:00pm
Thursday:10:00am - 12:30pm   1:00pm - 4:00pm
Friday:10:00am - 12:30pm   1:00pm - 4:00pm
Saturday:11:00am - 12:30pm   1:00pm - 4:00pm
Sunday:Closed on Sunday



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 Library Events - please contact your library about events during school holidays as some events are term time only.

Event TitleDetailsStart DateEnd DateTime
The Eighteenth Annual Irish Migration Studies Lecture - Objects on the Move: Everyday Life in Gaelic Ulster
Stg £12.00 (Stg £10.00 concession for students, unwaged and senior citizens)
Includes registration, morning tea/coffee, lecture and finger buffett lunch.
Booking is advisable but not essnetial.

This year's lecture will be given by Peter McElhinney, an object conservator with research interests in the scientific analysis of cultural material who worked at the Smithsonian Institute. Peter was inspired to investigate the impact of historical cultural disruption in Gaelic Irish communities and this is the basis of his PhD research.

Objects on the move: everyday life in Gaelic Ulster
The labouring classes in Late Medieval Ulster (1200-1600 AD) are considered to have been exceptionally mobile in landscape. In addition to seasonal movements of grazing animals and their attendant in a process known in Ireland as 'booleying', migration in search of better conditions, or to escape persecution was a feature of this politically turbulent period.
While relatively few rural Gaelic settlements have been excavated in Ulster, a body of objects recovered using turf cutting activities in this region, and now part of national and regional museum collections in Ireland north and south, may tell us more about the day to day live of the mobile labouring classes.

This doctorial research project, based at the School of Archaeological and Forensic Sciences at the University of Bradford, employs heritage science based techniques to learn more about how the objects were made and used. The isolated find locations for the objects are reconsidered in relation to new perspectives on Late Medieval settlement patterns in Ulster. The research reveals some surprising material connections between the objects included in the study, and folk objects made and used in Ulster in the 19th and 20th centuries.

This research is funded by the Arts and Humanities Council (AHRC) UK through the Heritage Consortium, a group of seven universities in northereast England working in strategic partnership with regional, national and international heritage organisations and networks, to deliver doctoral training and to promote research in all aspects of heritage. If you are interested in learning more about Peter's project, please go to:

This subject will be of interest to anyone who has wondered about how objects can tell the fascinating story of everyday life in late Medieval Ulster.
This lecture is open to all.

Christine Johnston
t: 028 8225 6315
26/01/201926/01/201911:00am - 2:00pm