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November 29, 2021

UK Heritage Pulse – a collaborative research project for the UK’s heritage sector

The National Lottery Heritage Fund launched the UK Pulse Research Panel in early November. Building a panel of heritage representatives to share views and knowledge and influence our work. Will you join them?
November 26, 2021

Culture, Arts & Heritage Recovery Taskforce Report

Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey has published the report of the Culture, Arts & Heritage Recovery Taskforce.
November 10, 2021

Conservation in Common

Conservation in Common is a cross-disciplinary series of events for professionals working in the built heritage sector. Run in partnership with; the Department for Communities Historic Environment Division (HED), the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA), the Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland (IAI), the Institute of Historic Building Conservation Northern Ireland Branch (IHBC NI) , the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) Ireland and Building Control NI (BCNI).
October 22, 2021

Restoring our History - Call to Take Part State Care Monuments Survey

The Department for Communities, Historic Environment Division (HED) has launched a public survey to get feedback on and hear the thoughts about the management of historic monuments and sites across Northern Ireland. The main focus of the survey is to get an understanding of the priorities when conserving monuments and to ask for the public’s help to rank what they see as most important, which historic sites and monuments should be prioritised for preservation and maintenance.
September 29, 2021

Guidance for the sustainable management of the historic environment

Northern Ireland currently has around 52,000 recorded heritage assets, and approximately a quarter of these are protected by formal designation. The Department for Communities also has responsibility for 190 monuments in state care.
September 2, 2021

Together for Our Planet fund

The Community Fund are offering from £1,000 to £10,000 of National Lottery funding to support communities across the UK to take action on climate change.
July 21, 2021

European Heritage Open Days (EHOD) 2021

European Heritage Open Days (EHOD) is Northern Ireland’s annual celebration of local architecture, history and culture. This year there are over 250 sites and properties opening their doors to the public to host a number of online events and the usual physical event - all of which are free of charge! This year EHOD 2021 will take place from 6 to 12 September.
June 25, 2021

Steps to Sustainability (UK Wide) - Round 2 Applications Open

Heritage organisations across the UK are under increasing pressure and financial constraints, with many facing extreme challenges to ensure a stable future.
May 19, 2021

Bid to secure UNESCO World Heritage Status for local landmark continues

A bid to secure Navan Fort on the Royal Sites of Ireland’s place on the tentative list for UNESCO World Heritage status is currently underway.
May 18, 2021

Communities Minister establishes Culture, Arts & Heritage Recovery Taskforce

Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey has established a Culture, Arts & Heritage Recovery Taskforce to consider measures to support re-opening and recovery in the short-term as they emerge from the pandemic and to pave the way for a longer term strategy for the culture, arts and heritage sectors.
May 14, 2021

Roof repairs fund for listed buildings opens

A £200,000 fund aimed at supporting roof repairs to listed buildings is now open
May 14, 2021

Kickstart Heritage

Free online workshops for the heritage sector to strengthen their relationships with audiences post-pandemic
April 21, 2021

Heritage Angel Awards 2021 Launch

Ulster Architectural Heritage is delighted to announce that Heritage Angel Awards Northern Ireland will launch online on 27th April at 7pm!
April 15, 2021

Antrim Town Heritage Audit

The historic environment plays an important role in providing a sense of place and identity, supporting well-being, and promoting economic growth and community cohesion. As such, it is crucial that it is understood, valued, protected and made accessible to current and future generations...
April 13, 2021

European Heritage Open Days 2021

European Heritage Open Days (EHOD) is Northern Ireland’s annual celebration of local architecture, history and culture. Each year many properties and locations open their doors to the public to host lots of free events. Find out more about EHOD 2021 which is taking place from 6 to 12 September.
November 4, 2020

Maintenance Week NI 2020

As part of Maintenance Week NI 20th – 27th Nov 2020 – #MaintainToRetain goes online!
November 3, 2020

Culture x Climate 2020

is a virtual global forum for arts, culture and heritage-based climate action. Presented from Mid-October to the end of November 2020
October 28, 2020

Heritage Recovery Fund Northern Ireland

The Heritage Recovery Fund is part of the £29million which the Department for Communities announced on 24 September to support the culture, language, arts and heritage sectors impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic.
October 26, 2020

Ní Chuilín releases support for culture, languages, arts and heritage

Communities Minister Carál Ní Chuilín has given the green light for financial support to be released this week to support the creative and heritage sectors.
October 23, 2020

Introduction to the Hands-On Heritage project

Join UAH Chief Executive, Nikki McVeigh, and the Hands-On Heritage project officer Dr. Connie Gerrow in introducing you to the new ‘Hands-On Heritage’ project kindly supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund.
October 13, 2020

Call out to anyone involved in Heritage to take part in Re:Model

We Will Thrive have teamed up with Arts & Business NI to deliver the Re:Model project, a series of free learning and discussion sessions for members of the NI Heritage sector, supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
October 12, 2020

Funding provides lifeline to Arts, Culture and Heritage sectors - Ní Chuilín

Communities Minister Carál Ní Chuilín has welcomed the announcement of £29m support for the culture, language, arts and heritage sectors impacted by the coronavirus pandemic
September 8, 2020

European Heritage Week 7th - 13th September

European Heritage Open Days kicks off on Monday 7th September. Whilst this year’s EHOD looks a little different from previous years, there is still a full calendar of events virtual events to enjoy throughout the week, still allowing people to visit properties and locations, albeit digitally.
August 12, 2020

Heritage Statistics

The NI Heritage Statistics document was recorded on 31 March 2019 and sets out how Northern Ireland’s historic environment contributes to our prosperity, progress and personality. It demonstrates, with reference to case studies, that our heritage has a wide, positive impact across many aspects of our society, economy and environment. It’s published by the Department for Communities on behalf of an alliance of heritage organisations.
July 20, 2020

The Heritage Council publish Covid-19 Survey findings

In April this year the Heritage Council launched a survey into the impact of the Covid-19 crisis on the heritage sector in Ireland.
July 6, 2020

£33m for arts, culture and heritage sector

Communities Minister Carál Ní Chuilín, has welcomed the news that the Executive will receive £33million, following the announcement by the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport that they are to invest £1.57 billion in cultural, arts and heritage institutions.
July 1, 2020

Archaeology Unlocked! Discovering the Past in Northern Ireland

Join Heritage Hub as they digitally unlock a selection of the north of Ireland's archaeology and heritage, from 11-19 July.
May 28, 2020

Re-opening of outdoor spaces at State Care Monuments

The majority of State Care Monuments will reopen to the public from Thursday, the Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey MLA has announced
May 12, 2020

How the coronavirus (COVID-19) is affecting the heritage sector

The Heritage Fund Head of Research, Data & Insight comments on the surveys that helped guide their response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
May 12, 2020

Heritage Emergency Fund

The Heritage Fund are providing a package of support for the heritage sector as a response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.
April 1, 2020

Economic Insight into the impact of the Coronavirus across the Heritage Sector

This Briefing summarises The National Lottery Heritage Fund’s evidence of the economic impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on heritage UK wide.
March 26, 2020

Treasure The Past. Enrich The Future.

We are a product of our history. The hill forts, cairns, and passage tombs of prehistory; the ruins of ancient monasteries and early churches; the farm houses and low stone walls built into the landscape; the functional red brick terraces and mills; the Georgian spires and Victorian edifices presiding over our towns. Each tells a part of our story.
March 6, 2020

Heritage Stakeholder Forum Meets at Titanic Hotel

On 3rd march the NI Historic Environment Stakeholder Group met at the Titanic Hotel in Belfast. The group, organised under the auspices of Historic Environment Division, meets 4 times per year across Northern Ireland. The group covers a range of topical and strategic issues for the wider development of the sector. At this most recent meeting the Agenda included: Climate Change and the Historic Environment in Northern Ireland; and The Carrickfergus City Deal.
March 2, 2020

Completion of new roof at Carrickfergus Castle a towering success

Minister for Communities Deirdre Hargey MLA has formally re-opened the Great Tower at Carrickfergus Castle, following a £1million conservation project to construct a new roof on the 800-year-old landmark.
January 22, 2020

Adapting Historic Buildings for Climate Change - 30th January 2020

Are you a listed building owner? Come along to this free event to learn more about the work of Historic Environment Division.
December 10, 2019

Heritage Asset Audits

This report is the outcome of a pilot project. It includes nine audits covering different geographical areas in Northern Ireland – North Belfast, Downpatrick, Armagh, Upper Lough Erne, Strabane, Hillsborough, Carrickfergus, Upper Ards and Bellaghy.
December 9, 2019

Towards A New Vision For Cultural Heritage In Northern Ireland

A conference was held at the Seamus Heaney Homeplace in April 2019 to discuss cultural heritage in Northern Ireland. The conference report can be viewed below...
November 12, 2019

Sustainable Heritage Tourism Conference: “Partnerships, Resilience and Legacy”

The Heart of the Glens Landscape Partnership Scheme, in partnership with The Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust and The Irish UNESCO Global Geoparks Committee, are holding a three-day conference in The Marine Hotel, Ballycastle, Co. Antrim, from 13th -15th November 2019.
October 31, 2019

Heritage Angel Awards 2019

Winners Announced at Uplifting Armagh Ceremony (via Ulster Architectural Heritage)
October 16, 2019

Defence Heritage Seminar - 25th October 2019

This one day seminar hosted by Historic Environment Division, Department for Communities in association with Down County Museum will look at various examples of Defence Heritage from across Great Britain and Ireland – both north and south. The day will discuss the challenges of recording, conservation and promotion of such sites and why it’s important for future generations to come.
October 16, 2019

Archaeological Discoveries are ‘Unearthed’

A new publication entitled ‘Unearthed’ has been published which summarises some of the most significant archaeological discoveries in Northern Ireland between 2015 and 2018
October 9, 2019

Heritage Angel Awards - 29th October 2019

Join UAH in the Market Place Theatre, Armagh on the evening of Tuesday 29th October to discover the winners of the 2019 Heritage Angel Awards and for an evening of bespoke entertainment including Heritage in Song.
May 17, 2019

A Vision for Cultural Heritage in Northern Ireland

For those of you interested in the Lonely Planet reviews, you might be surprised to learn that Northern Ireland’s culture and heritage has made it onto their list, voted as one the most interesting places to visit in the world.
April 16, 2019

Experience of Heritage in NI

Adults who visit places of historic interest enjoy higher personal wellbeing than those who do not, a survey has found.
April 15, 2019

National Heritage Week 2019 - 17th - 25th August 2019

National Heritage Week is coordinated by The Heritage Council and its aim is to build awareness and education about our heritage thereby encouraging its conservation and preservation.
April 15, 2019

European Heritage Open Days

Each year hundreds of properties open their doors and many organisations put on events for FREE across Northern Ireland as part of European Heritage Open Days (EHOD).
April 15, 2019

Florence Court celebrates National Lottery grant

Florence Court has received a grant from The National Lottery Heritage Fund of £374,800 for an exciting project to restore the Kitchen Garden in the estate’s Walled Garden to its 1930s character and atmosphere.