Vernacular Heritage Schools Project shortlisted for 𝗬𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗵 E𝗻𝗴𝗮𝗴𝗲𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗣𝗿𝗼𝗷𝗲𝗰𝘁 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗬𝗲𝗮𝗿 𝗔𝘄𝗮𝗿𝗱
We are excited to share that Fermanagh’s Vernacular Heritage (schools project) has been shortlisted for the 𝗬𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗵 𝗘𝗻𝗴𝗮𝗴𝗲𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗣𝗿𝗼𝗷𝗲𝗰𝘁 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗬𝗲𝗮𝗿 𝗔𝘄𝗮𝗿𝗱, 𝗮𝘀 𝗽𝗮𝗿𝘁 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝘆𝗲𝗮𝗿’𝘀 𝗠𝗮𝗿𝘀𝗵 𝗖𝗼𝗺𝗺𝘂𝗻𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝗔𝗿𝗰𝗵𝗮𝗲𝗼𝗹𝗼𝗴𝘆 𝗔𝘄𝗮𝗿𝗱𝘀 coordinated by the 𝗖𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗰𝗶𝗹 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗕𝗿𝗶𝘁𝗶𝘀𝗵 𝗔𝗿𝗰𝗵𝗮𝗲𝗼𝗹𝗼𝗴𝘆.
Lough Erne Landscape Partnership, through funding from the Department for Communities NI, Historic Environment Fund (Love Heritage NI) and the National Lottery Heritage Fund Northern Ireland, engaged with KS2 children (P6 & P7) from 7 primary schools in the Upper and Lower Lough Erne regions of Co. Fermanagh, to research traditional (vernacular) buildings and gather the social history connected to them.
We were overwhelmed by the interest and enthusiasm from the teachers, pupils, families and the local community. The project saw 256 pupils engage and we received 193 high quality projects, with children choosing to interview the most senior person they knew (grandparents, great aunts, neighbours), producing old and recent photos of the buildings, studying family life in the early 1900’s, researching Griffith’s valuation and recording family trees. With the support of teachers, friends and family, pupils went over and above what they were asked to do. The success of this project was down to the aforementioned and to the fabulous volunteers who assessed the projects as well as the contributors and speakers at the intergenerational events, which showcased Fermanagh’s heritage.
Congratulations to Hazel Long, Heritage Project Manager, for all her hard work on this project and thanks to all who were involved, we are very proud to be shortlisted!
If you want to see more about the project, enjoy this short video of the Intergenerational Events held in Lisnaskea, Kesh and Belleek: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_m4cq_mqiA&t=15s