Heritage from Home 2

Heritage from Home 2

Wednesday 6 October 2021 - March 2022

Following the success of last year’s Heritage from Home series of online talks, Libraries NI is organising a second series this autumn and winter. Heritage from Home 2 will run from October 2021 to mid-March 2022. The talks have been made possible through the Shared History Fund with money from The Northern Ireland Office allocated by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

In this centenary year, the programme will focus more specifically on the social context, historical events and impact on people and institutions of the creation of Northern Ireland, but will also more generally explore how life in Northern Ireland and border areas has evolved within the last 100 years. The aim will be to provide a critical look at the last century from a variety of perspectives, through talks by speakers with different backgrounds and interests (History, Politics, Architecture, Genealogy, the Arts and Museums and Archives).

All these events will be delivered via Zoom and can be followed on PC, laptop, iPad and on most smartphones.

It is essential to book, so if you would like to attend an event, please click on the link for that particular event and you will open the relevant registration page. 

For more information and the registration link for each event please click on the + symbol beside the Event Name.

Please note that these events are suitable for an adult audience.

The programme will be updated regularly, so keep checking this page for more events and follow our Facebook page for notifications. For more information, please email: heritage.talks@librariesni.org.uk


Event Name                  Event Details             Start Date & Time End Date & Time Library Booking
Sean Barden, Armagh County Museum, Exhibiting the past: telling the story of Partition in the museum environment   Armagh County Museum Curator Sean Barden will explore the process the Museum went through to create their current exhibition, “1921: New Beginnings - Northern Ireland’s first 20 years”. 02/12/2021 12:30 PM 02/12/2021 01:00 PM Virtual - Heritage From Home
Northern Ireland border sign post
Further information:
Sean will discuss how themes were chosen and the narrative related to objects in the collection. He will also explain how challenges such as displaying fragile objects were overcome and talk about conservation issues. More generally, this talk will explore how the component parts that make up an exhibition are assembled. This will be illustrated with images of the objects used in the exhibition, some of which will be discussed in more detail. 

Dr James Cousins, Northern Nationalism and the Irish Boundary Commission   Between 1920 and 1922 Ireland was partitioned and two new polities emerged: the overwhelmingly Catholic and nationalist Irish Free State, and Northern Ireland, which was largely Protestant and unionist.
These polities were not homogeneous, however, and the existence of a small unionist minority in the Free State and a more significant nationalist minority in Northern Ireland necessitated the establishment of a Boundary Commission in order to redraw the border.
06/12/2021 03:30 PM 06/12/2021 04:30 PM Virtual - Heritage From Home
Dr James Cousins
This presentation examines the Irish Free State’s efforts to convene the Boundary Commission in the aftermath of the Irish Civil War, Northern Nationalists’ role in the functioning of the Commission, and the sequence of events that ultimately caused the Commission to collapse without rendering its decision. 
Dr James Cousins is the author of ‘Without a Dog’s Chance: The Nationalists of Northern Ireland and the Irish Boundary Commission, 1920-25' (Irish Academic Press: Dublin, 2020). He holds a PhD in History from Simon Fraser University, Canada, and Master’s degrees in Political Science and Indigenous Public Policy. James is originally from the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia, and he works as a Senior Policy Advisor for the Ontario Ministry of Indigenous Affairs, specialising in matters related to Indigenous governance and self-determination. 
Gillian Hunt, Ulster Historical Foundation, Researching your ancestors in Northern Ireland   Gillian Hunt, from the Ulster Historical Foundation, will discuss researching your ancestors in Northern Ireland. 14/12/2021 12:30 PM 14/12/2021 01:30 PM Virtual - Heritage From Home
Old family portrait photograph in black and white

Further information:
Gillian Hunt is Research Officer with the Ulster Historical Foundation and manages the Foundation’s many genealogical activities. She teaches genealogy classes in various educational institutions in Northern Ireland and has spoken in Britain, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and North America. 
Bryonie Reid, Partitioned Lives: Experiencing the Irish Border   Bryonie Reid is a writer and artist whose work explores identity and belonging in relation to place. She works independently and as a member of quarto (www.quartocollective.com) in the field of community engagement with place and the past.
Recent publications include ‘Trying Identities’ in The Irish Review (2017) and ‘Sea-change’ in The Typescript (2021). Bryonie is currently collaborating with designer-maker Rachel Calder on Arts Council Northern Ireland-funded project ‘I Always Expected a Sea Monster’.
Bryonie will draw on oral interview stories to build a picture of the lived experience of the border.
16/12/2021 12:30 PM 16/12/2021 01:30 PM Virtual - Heritage From Home

Partitioned Lives by Catherine Nash, Bryonie Reid and Brian Graham

Bryonie worked on ‘Irish Border/lands’, a project run in partnership with the Ulster University and Queen Mary, University of London from 2004 to 2007 (http://www.irishborderlands.com). She carried out 80 oral history interviews with people living along the length of the border, on both sides. Her eldest interviewee was born in 1916 and her youngest in 1982. They include customs officers, North and South, former members of the RUC and IRA, farmers, teachers, community workers, clergy, writers, homemakers, parents, and erstwhile smugglers of all types. The stories she gathered varied according to topography and history, demographics and politics. As a collection, they revolve around two major factors shaping border life in the 20th Century: the customs barrier and the Troubles.