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2013 - Regional Conference MINOM-ICOM - Limavady Northern Ireland

Heritage Practice in Contested Spaces

Heritage Practice in Contested Spaces is an exciting participatory learning opportunity developed by Causeway Museum Service in collaboration with partners ranging from local community groups to international organisations. It looks at a range of impressive local work in a wider context with ‘learning to learn’ a key objective. It is relevant to everyone who engages with or uses heritage in their work.

A practical hands - on opportunity to:Explore and develop practice evaluating the impact of heritage work in our communities and engage with international practitioners and academics to benchmark your work

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As museums and heritage practitioners engage with communities during the Decade of Anniversaries, this seminar provides a practical hands - on opportunity to:

  • explore and develop practice evaluating the impact of heritage work in our communities
  • engage with international practitioners and academics to benchmark your work
  • consider who owns our heritage - the expert versus the community voice

This seminar is supported by Community Relations Council and North East PEACEIII Partnership Cultural Fusions Project and organised by Causeway Museum Service (CMS) with MINOM* and in association with ICOM Ireland.

Sessions will be facilitated by a renowned expert in evaluation practices, Professor Ross Velore Roholt  (University of Minnesota) and other regional and international experts, who will bring their own informed knowledge, to help participants critically evaluate the presented case studies and their own work. Using case studies drawn from CMS innovative practice alongside regional and international experiences, this practical ‘hands – on’ seminar will enable attendees to participate, share and engage with a wide range of heritage practitioners from community, universities, museums and NGOs.  The focus on innovative evaluation practice will bring opportunities to engage in reflective practice and capture learning for individuals, organisations and funders.

This seminar is aimed at those who work at all levels in museums, heritage and community sectors, or whose work includes or is impacted by heritage practice eg Good Relations, tourism, economic development etc. Please note that up to 10 bursaries are available each day to cover accommodation and costs for community or volunteer participants.

The programme will kick off in the Roe Valley Arts And Cultural Centre, Limavady..

The following two days will take participants and facilitators out into the dramatic, historic Causeway area into community venues to explore and engage with case studies:

  • heritage practice in contested urban and rural spaces,
  • using heritage landscapes to understand and challenge contested histories

The final day will return to the Centre to consider and participate in heritage methodologies, before final concluding sessions.

Full details will be circulated in August with booking forms and information on places to stay. Whilst preference will be given to those participants wishing to attend the full seminar, it will be possible to book for specific days. Up to 10 bursaries each day to cover accommodation and costs are available for community or volunteer participants.

For further information and to register your interest contact:

Causeway Museum Service Helen Perry 028 7034 7234 or email cms@colerainebc.gov.uk




Day 1 Monday 23 September

9.30 Registration and Tea/coffee in RVACC Limavady

10.00 Welcome and Introductions

      H. Perry Causeway Museum Service

Evaluating heritage practice in contested spaces

     Key session with workshop activity

     Prof R. V. Roholt University of Minnesota

1.00 – 2.00 Mayor of Limavady Borough Council with North East PEACEIII Partnership, Community Relations Council welcome

     Hot buffet lunch

2.00 – 5.30 The expert versus community - whose voice/heritage is it?

      Interactive sessions exploring who and what is your community

     Dr M Hope and G Reid University of Ulster Coleraine

     P dos Santos Reinwardt Academy

     Prof R. V Raholt University of Minnesota

6.00 Bus departs for Coleraine Town Hall

     Ballysally Focus on Family ‘1613 and all that ‘walking tour

     Mayor of Coleraine Borough Council

     Launch of Coleraine 400 exhibition

8.30 Bus departs for RVACC


Day 2 Tuesday 24 September: Colonialism and Conflict

9.30 Briefing for the day (RVACC)

     H. Perry Causeway Museum Service

     Prof R. V Raholt University of Minnesota

10.00 Colonialism and conflict Setting the scenes

     Prof. A. Horning Queens University, Belfast

     Dr C. Breen University of Ulster Coleraine

     Dr P. Leite University of Coimbra

10.45 Introduction to Project of Plantation

     H. Perry Causeway Museum Service

11.00 Depart RVACC

      Colonialism and conflict: Project of Plantation Tour visiting sites @ Dungiven, Movanagher, Coleraine and Dunluce.

     N. Brannon Archaeologist

     J. Hamilton Causeway Museum Service

     (lunch at Coleraine Town Hall)

4.00 Giants Causeway Visitor Centre tour

     E. Dobbin National Trust

5.00 Bus departs for Ballintoy

     Colonialism and Conflict

     Reflections on practice session with hot buffet

     Prof R. V. Roholt and team

8.30 Session ends Bus departing for RVACC


Day 3 Wednesday 25 September: Urban and Rural Contested Spaces

9.30 Briefing for the day RVACC

      H. Perry Causeway Museum Service

     Prof R. V Raholt University of Minnesota

10.00 Ideas Market Forum

11.00 Introduction to Market Yard Coleraine

11.30 Bus departing RVACC for Coleraine

12.30 Bus departs for Magilligan


1.30 Mapping contested places session with tour, practical activities and workshops

     B Reid Quarto

     G. Reid Quarto

     H. Reid Quarto

     Local historians

3.30 Bus departs for RVACC

4.00 RVACC

     Mapping Places interactive sessions continue

5.00 Session finish

6.00 On the Brink- Decade of Anniversaries case study session

     M. Cagney Mid Antrim Museums Service

     J. Hamilton Causeway Museum Service)

     Followed by hot buffet

8.30 Session ends


Day 4 Thursday 26 September

9.30 Opening session (RVACC)

      Briefing for the day

      H. Perry Causeway Museum Service

      Prof R. V Raholt University of Minnesota

10.00 Stitching and Unstitching the Troubles session

      J. Hamilton Causeway Museum Service

      D. Stockdale Textile artist

      Doll making workshop

     Concluding sessions


     MINOM issue Limavady International Declaration

1.30 Seminar closes


Optional event. Early booking essential as spaces limited

      North East PEACEIII Cultural Fusions Finale

2.00 Bus departing RVACC for Boat trip on River Bann including tour guide and music with refreshments

6.00 Arrival at Portglenone Jetty with bus transportation back to RVACC