Heritage from home
Published 21 Jan 2021

Tuesday 26 January - Friday 19 March 2021. 

Find out about your Heritage from the comfort of your own home this winter. Starting 26 January, and throughout February and March, Libraries NI will be running a series of online talks, events and workshops on four topics:

• Ancient Ireland: history & myth
• The environment: nature and landscape
• Your family, your history
• Partition: how it affected us

All these events will be delivered on 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 email e: heritage.talks@librariesni.org.uk , specifying which talks you would like to attend and we will reply with a link and basic instructions on how to connect.

The programme will be updated weekly, so keep checking this page for more events and follow our Facebook page for notifications.


Date Title and guest Time Contact details (specify which event you wish to attend) Theme and description
Tuesday 9 March

The Earth Connects Us: The geology and landscapes of the Mourne Gullion Strangford Aspiring UNESCO Global Geopark

Dr Kirstin Lemon

1:00pm - 2:00pm Email heritage.talks@librariesni.org.uk Environment

Dr Kirstin Lemon is a member of the senior leadership team at the Geological Survey of Northern Ireland, where she is responsible for the Information & Infrastructure team. Kirstin’s individual expertise is in public engagement and communication and she has worked extensively in geoscience education, including in her previous role as Geopark Geologist for the Marble Arch Caves UNESCO Global Geopark. A large part of this work involves developing sustainable geological tourism products and she and has worked with organisations across the UK and Ireland in this field and increasingly more so internationally.

Kirstin works extensively with UNESCO Global Geoparks and collaborates closely with both UNESCO in Paris and with the national commissions in both the UK and Ireland. She was a member of the first UNESCO Global Geoparks Council, and is senior evaluator on the UNESCO Global Geoparks evaluation team. She is currently the Chairperson of both the UK Committee for UNESCO Global Geoparks and the Irish UNESCO Global Geoparks Committee. Much of Kirstin’s work involves using geoscience as a tool for sustainable development and she is presently studying for an MSc in Climate Change and Development to help further this role.


Wednesday 10 March

To leave or to remain? Southern Irish Protestants and the partition of Ireland

Dr Marie Coleman

2:30pm - 3:30pm Email heritage.talks@librariesni.org.uk Partition

Between 1911 and 1926, the non-Catholic population of the twenty-six southern Irish counties declined by one-third. This talk will examine the socio-economic, demographic and political reasons for this change. In particular, it will explore the extent to which the decline was caused by Protestant departures during the Irish revolution. While some Protestants left, moving to Northern Ireland, Britain or beyond, a significant Protestant minority remained in the Irish Free State and the reasons why these opted to stay will also be examined.

Dr Marie Coleman is a Reader in Modern Irish History at Queen's University Belfast. She has written widely on the revolutionary period including a study of County Longford and the Irish revolution, 1910-1923. She is particularly interested in the role of women and gender relations during the period, the experience of the southern Protestant minority during the revolutionary decade, and the lives of revolutionary veterans after the conflict, including the award of pensions and medals. She is an advisor to the Department of Defence (Military Archives) Military Service Pensions Collection and to the Northern Ireland Office's centenary historical panel, and a member of the Church of Ireland's working group on historical centenaries.

Thursday 11 March The Celts at war

Richard Doherty
12 noon - 1:00pm Email heritage.talks@librariesni.org.uk Ancient Ireland

This talk will look at the Celtic ways of warfare from the earliest times until the final years of the Celtic age (400 BC to AD 1600), including the Celts against Greeks and Romans, the conflict with the Anglo-Saxons, followed by the arrival of the Vikings and the Normans, the Celts of Wales and Scotland fighting the English kings and the Celts of Ireland and Scotland opposing the Tudors.
One of the leading military historians in the UK and Ireland, writer and broadcaster Richard Doherty has numerous articles as well as thirty books to his credit, including The Williamite War in Ireland, 1688-1691 to Helmand Mission: With the Royal Irish Battlegroup in Afghanistan 2008 andThe Thin Green Line, a history of the Royal Ulster Constabulary.
He has researched, written and presented several historical series for BBC Radio Ulster, and presented two major historical television programmes for the BBC. He has also contributed to or advised on many more for the BBC, RTE and independent producers.
He is Chairman of the Irish Regiments Historical Society, a member of several military history societies in the UK, Ireland and the USA, a trustee of the Royal Irish Fusiliers’ Museum, Armagh and of the Royal Irish Regiment Museum, a trustee, and member of the Council, of the Northern Ireland War Memorial.
A popular speaker, he has addressed a wide variety of audiences in the UK, Republic of Ireland, Europe, as well as the United States.
Friday 12 March

Religion and belief in Iron Age Ireland

Dr Patrick Gleeson

2:30pm - 3:30pm Email heritage.talks@librariesni.org.uk Ancient Ireland

Dr Patrick Gleeson is an archaeologist based at Queen’s University, Belfast. He specialises in the archaeology of cult, rulership, kingdoms and governance in the later prehistoric and medieval period in Northern Europe. He is particularly interested in the use of large scale remote sensing, G.I.S. and the application of new and novel methodologies at a landscape scale. He currently has ongoing field projects examining cult landscapes, power centres, and royal landscapes at a number of sites in Ireland, including Kedrah Fort, Lagore Crannog, the Rock of Cashel, Knockainy and Navan Fort in County Armagh.



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