February 28, 2022
European Heritage Days is an annual event celebrating local architecture, history and culture, which takes place across Europe on the second weekend in September. In Northern Ireland European Heritage Open Days (EHOD) is run by the Department for Communities with the support of the Council of Europe and the European Commission.
February 16, 2022
Department for Communities Historic Environment Division are running a series of talks for owners and custodians of listed buildings.
February 1, 2022
We are pleased to host an in-person and virtual event on coastal heritage and climate change as our first conference since lockdown! A conference exploring the opportunities and challenges of understanding climate change and the impact it has on our coast and communities.
February 1, 2022
The Covid Recovery Programme Employment & Skills Initiative will provide funding for the next three years for grants to support individuals and not–for–profit organisations with costs for a variety of new or enhanced roles within the Arts, Heritage, Creative Industries, Sports and Voluntary and Community sectors.
January 11, 2022
The Department for Communities (DfC) launch Covid Recovery Programme for Organisations to reduce or remove operating deficits, which have arisen in the 2021/22 financial year because of the pandemic.
November 29, 2021
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
Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey has published the report of the Culture, Arts & Heritage Recovery Taskforce.
November 10, 2021
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
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
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.
July 21, 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
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
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 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.
April 15, 2021
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 (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.
October 26, 2020
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 13, 2020
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
The majority of State Care Monuments will reopen to the public from Thursday, the Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey MLA has announced
May 12, 2020
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Winners Announced at Uplifting Armagh Ceremony (via Ulster Architectural Heritage)
October 16, 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
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
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
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
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 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
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 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.