History and heritage combine under one roof

A combined public archive which brings together several thousand years of Northern Ireland’s history and heritage has been officially unveiled in Belfast this week.
Communities Minister Gordon Lyons examines some of the HERoNI artifacts on exhibit at PRONI.

Communities Minister Gordon Lyons examines some of the HERoNI artifacts on exhibit at PRONI.

Communities Minister Gordon Lyons opened the new shared space for the Historic Environment Record of Northern Ireland (HERoNI).

An exhibition is on display to mark the co-location of HERoNI and PRONI, .

The exhibition features a selection of genuine documents and artefacts which are cared for by the HERoNI team, as well as stunning photographs of some of NI’s historic and archaeological sites. In addition to the replica of the Donaghmore High Cross which was recently installed in the atrium, this exhibition features a life-size replica of the enigmatic Boa Island Figure.

Communities Minister Gordon Lyons visited PRONI this week and viewed some of the HERoNI archives. Minister Lyons said:

“This is a welcome co-location bringing together two archives into one purpose-built centre in the Titanic Quarter. This move combines these two important archives under one roof, housing a wealth of Northern Ireland’s history and heritage. In doing so, it will facilitate ease of access for the public and provide a comprehensive resource for interested researchers.

“The HERoNI archives hold information on thousands of years of Northern Ireland’s historic environment. A taster of what is on offer includes records, images and drawings relating to archaeological sites, listed buildings, Industrial and defence heritage, to name but a few.

“I would encourage anyone interested in history to visit and explore the HERoNI and PRONI historic documents.”

The exhibition will be running on site at PRONI until 31st May 2024. No booking required

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