Project 17: Mapping the Built Heritage of the Islands

Mapping the built heritage of the islands aims to recruit and train local volunteers to record sites, monuments & buildings.

Project 17: Mapping the Built Heritage of the Islands

Fermanagh has a unique landscape which includes its many islands. It is vital that we don’t lose the fabulous built, social and cultural heritage connected with these islands. It is essential that this information is captured and documented for future generations. An important element of this project is to work with local people to enhance their understanding and appreciation of Fermanagh’s heritage. This project will identify and map the previously occupied islands on the lough and aim to provide a short history on the families that lived on them. In order to achieve this, volunteers will be trained in information capturing/field survey techniques & writing descriptions for buildings and industrial features. Volunteers will also assist with gathering oral history recordings about the islands and their occupants, how the islands have changed over time.

For more information contact Hazel Long call: 07548 155351 email: hazel.long@rspb.org.uk

Project Updates

Legacy of Landscape Launch – May 2021

Watch the Legacy of Landscape Launch recording below! 

The Lough Erne Landscape Partnership (LELP) invites you to join us at the virtual launch of our exciting new two-year engagement programme – Legacy of Landscape: The People and Heritage of Lough Erne on Wednesday 19th May at 7:30 pm, with guest speaker Ciaran McMenamin – Fermanagh native, author and actor.  This event will explore our new project, which is focussed on discovering, celebrating and preserving the culture and traditions of the Lough Erne region, both past and present.

Supported through funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the Community Foundation Northern Ireland, this project will be delivered in collaboration with the Centre for Community Archaeology (CCA) and the Centre for Data Digitisation and Analysis(CDDA) at Queen’s University Belfast. The initiative focusses on the built and cultural heritage of Lough Erne, and volunteers can enrol to get access to a suite of FREE ‘at home’ learning opportunities where they can develop and learn new skills and share valuable stories, capturing and promoting the unique and special heritage of the Erne’s landscape and communities.

There are 5 key heritage studies within the programme that are focused around the themes of:

  • Memories:  Life on the Erne
  • Studying Vernacular Buildings
  • Enniskillen: The Development of the Island Town
  • Mapping the Built Heritage of the Islands
  • Power & Pageantry: Exploring Fermanagh in the Times of the Maguires

In order to address the current restrictions due to the pandemic, the collective QUB team have developed the LELP Online Heritage Campus.  Spearheaded by Dr Siobhán McDermott,  this exciting new online learning experience offers you a FREE course of five four-week long ‘toolkits’ or virtual learning experiences that enable you as volunteers to receive tuition from the safety of your own home!

Throughout this two-year project, in addition to our learning sessions, there will be opportunities to participate in the field with archaeological excavations, site visits, buildings recording field schools, as well as a lecture series, online talks, and your chance to contribute towards the development of a dynamic and interactive ‘Memory Map’, showcasing the rich and unique cultural heritage of the Erne.

So, what do we expect from you? 

All we expect is an enthusiastic attitude and an interest in conserving and promoting the heritage of the region. Our online tutors will be available to help, advise, and support you from 10am-4pm Monday to Friday. You do not need to have any previous experience in any of our topics. We will see you through!

Please join us to hear more about our project on Wednesday 19th  May. Our guest speaker, Ciaran McMenamin, will treat us to a reading from his latest book The Sunken Road, in addition to excerpts from his 2017 novel Skintown, sharing with us how the landscapes of Lough Erne have influenced his writing.  Amongst musical interludes from Fermanagh singer songwriter Sean Magee, we are also delighted to be joined by Professor Eileen Murphy, Professor of Archaeology at the School of Natural and Built Environment at Queen’s University Belfast, who will provide more information about the innovative work we will be undertaking around Fermanagh.

Event for Sharing Folklore, Histories and Stories – January 2020

On Monday 27th January 2020 in partnership with Waterways Ireland we hosted a community outreach event.  The Centre for Data Digitisation and Analysis at Queen’s University Belfast provided an  opportunity for the public to engage with their local history by sharing tales and folklore, as well as their memories and stories concerning selected spiritual sites around Lough Erne.

We are seeking to collect and collate oral histories and heritage of key sites found on the shores of Lough Erne.

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