A Glorious Restoration?

The Ulster Architectural Heritage Society has accused the DUP and SF of snubbing it [was anyone else invited? – Ed], which will no doubt feed into certain conspiracy theories… ANYway… I just wanted to remind everyone that the BBC’s Restoration series returns tonight after a two-year sabbatical. Three buildings in Northern Ireland are up for the prize fund, or just some much needed publicity for fundraising purposes, Cushendun Former Parish Church built c1840, Gracehill Old Primary School built c1780, and Belfast’s White House built 1569. The site contains images of the buildings and boasts virtual tours, although those don’t seem to be available yet. Alternatively, the Guardian takes issue with Restoration Village shoring up a rural pastiche and wants nominations to celebrate “the insurrectionary meeting places, non-conformist chapels and martyrs’ memorials of the people’s history.” Details of the Restoration Roadshows locally

The White House
Date/time: Saturday 2 September, 10am-5pm
Venue: Newtownabbey, Nr Belfast, BT37 9SQ
Organiser: Robert Armstrong, Tel 02890 801 066
Partners: Heritage Society NI, Environment and Heritage Service NI, Ulster Architectural Heritage Society, Hearth Housing
Attractions: Tours, photo exhibition and historical artefacts, history video, bob and lace demo, refreshments

Gracehill Old School
Date/time: Saturday 2 September 2pm-5pm
Venue: Gracehill, Nr Ballymena, County Antrim.BT42 2NN.
Organiser: David Johnston, Tel 0282 565 327
Partners: Heritage Society NI, Environment and Heritage Service NI, Ulster Architectural Heritage Society, Hearth Housing
Attractions: Tours, treasure hunt, children’s games, living history characters, Antrim and Derry Fiddlers, home made teas, crafts market, balloon release

Cushendun Former Parish Church
Date/time: Saturday 2 September 1pm-4pm
Venue: Cushdendun, County Antrim, BT44
Organiser: Clare McKay, Tel 02821 761 382
Partners: Heritage Society NI, Environment and Heritage Service NI, Ulster Architectural Heritage Society, Hearth Housing
Attractions: Tours, photo competition, junior drama group, music, heritage displays