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

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  • aquifer

    Pete your link does not quite make the right connection. The UAHS accuse our new SF/DUP masters of snubbing the enquiry into local environmental governance, not snubbing the UAHS.

    All the local parties seem to be rabid bungalow builders, so roll on demolition. I mean devolution.

  • Pete Baker

    Hmmm… you may be right on that, aquifer.. in my defence I’d point out that the Belfast Telegraph report itself isn’t particularly clear about who it is referring to,

  • Garibaldy

    Tristam Hunt new labour cheerleader repeats his call to get in touch with Britain’s radical heritage. Pathetic.

  • Cllr Brian Heading

    If people are looking to have an impact upon the flags issue in the Lisburn City Council they can “vote” on the council proposal to erect 6 more flags on council and ratepayers buildings. You can do this by contacting the Good Relations Officer at Lisburn City Council and request a form for the Equality Impact study for this issue or you can write directly to his office at Lisburn City Council Island civic centre Lisburn or obtain his email address.Lisburn will of course ignore any letters or approaches from outside its council area.

  • Ziznivy

    Gracehill is my old primary school and I will be voting for it in the new series. A Moravian village of this scale is pretty much unique in Ireland and the school is an integral part of the village. Without knowing the merits of the other candidates as yet, I would suggest they will need to be very worthy indeed to defeat Gracehill Primary School.