Thursday, 5 September 2013

‘Heritage Practice in Contested Spaces’ | 23 - 26 September 2013

The Causeway Museum Service and MINOM are offering engaged practitioners an opportunity to join a participatory event looking at case studies over four days in an area of post-Troubles Northern Ireland - 'Heritage Practice in Contested Spaces'.

The aim of the symposium is to identify transferable best practice, looking both at overt conflict and implicit societal tensions including place, gender, belief, to name a few. 

Working in an area of stunning natural beauty, which carries layers of meaning in terms of rich culture and contested space, participants will work with a renowned expert in contested space evaluation, critically examining local experience.

International experts will bring their own experience to facilitate participants in capturing learning and developing a community of practice. Attendees are expected to contribute and contextualise the experiences in terms of their own knowledge and practice.

With a base in Roe Valley Arts and Heritage Centre, those involved in the symposium will be exposed to and visit a range of different projects which draw out issues of conflict in a heritage context.

The particular situation in Northern Ireland, where two contesting communities exist in balance, challenges many glib assumptions based on ideas concerning majorities, elites and minorities. There is a particular interest in literal and metaphorical ownership of place, which parallels many colonial and post-colonial experiences. The symposium also hopes to bring together the ideas of socio-museology, mainly developed in Latin cultural contexts, in a process of mutual challenge with some of the innovative practice developed locally.

Expressions of interest are sought for the limited number of places available, including short CVs and a statement of what the applicant hopes to bring to and take home from the event.

The event is a partnership between Causeway Museum Service and MINOM in association with ICOM Ireland and support from the Community Relations Council NI. Costs are subsidized and numbers limited. Whilst preference will be given to those participants wishing to attend the full seminar, it is possible to book for specific days.

For further information and to register your interest email [email protected]

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Day 1 - Monday 23 September

9.30 Registration and Tea/coffee in RVACC Limavady

10.00 Welcome and Introductions (H. Perry, Causeway Museum Service)

Evaluating heritage practice in contested spaces

Key session with workshop activity (Prof R. V. Roholt, University of Minnesota)

1.00 - 2.00 Mayor of Limavady Borough Council with North East PEACEIII Partnership, Community Relations Council welcome

Hot buffet lunch

2.00 - 5.30 The expert versus community - whose voice/heritage is it?

Interactive sessions exploring who and what is your community (Dr M Hope and G Reid, University of Ulster Coleraine & P dos Santos, Reinwardt Academy & Prof R. V Raholt, University of Minnesota)

6.00 Bus departs for Coleraine Town Hall

Ballysally Focus on Family ‘1613 and all that ‘walking tour

Mayor of Coleraine Borough Council

Launch of Coleraine 400 exhibition

Bus departs for RVACC

Day 2 - Tuesday 24 September

Colonialism and Conflict
9.30 Briefing for the day (RVACC) (H. Perry, Causeway Museum Service & Prof R. V Raholt,       University of Minnesota)

10.00 Colonialism and conflict Setting the scenes

(Prof. A. Horning, Queens University, Belfast & Dr C. Breen, University of Ulster Coleraine & Dr P. Leite, University of Coimbra)

10.45 Introduction to Project of Plantation (H. Perry, Causeway Museum Service)

11.00 Depart RVACC

Colonialism and conflict: Project of Plantation Tour visiting sites at Dungiven, Movanagher, Coleraine and Dunluce. (N. Brannon, Archaeologist & J. Hamilton, Causeway Museum Service)

Lunch at Coleraine Town Hall

4.00 Giants Causeway Visitor Centre tour (E. Dobbin, National Trust)

5.00 Bus departs for Ballintoy

Colonialism and Conflict

Reflections on practice session with hot buffet (Prof R. V. Roholt and team)

8.30 Session ends Bus departing for RVACC

Day 3 - Wednesday 25 September
Urban and Rural Contested Spaces

Briefing for the day RVACC (H. Perry,  Causeway Museum Service & Prof R. V Raholt, University of Minnesota)

10.00 Ideas Market Forum

11.00 Introduction to Market Yard Coleraine 

11.30 Bus departing RVACC for Coleraine

12.30 Bus departs for Magilligan


1.30 Mapping contested places session with tour, practical activities and workshops

Bus departs for RVACC

4.00 Mapping Places interactive sessions continue

5.00 Session finish

6.00 On the Brink- Decade of Anniversaries case study session (M. Cagney, Mid Antrim Museums Service & J. Hamilton, Causeway Museum Service)

Followed by hot buffet

8.30 Session ends

Day 4 - Thursday 26 September
9.30 Opening session (RVACC)

Briefing for the day (H. Perry, Causeway Museum Service & Prof R. V Raholt, University of Minnesota)

10.00 Stitching and Unstitching the Troubles session (J. Hamilton, Causeway Museum Service)

Concluding sessions


MINOM issue Limavady International Declaration

1.30 Seminar closes

North East PEACEIII Cultural Fusions Finale
Optional event. Early booking essential as spaces limited 
2.00 Bus departing RVACC for Boat trip on River Bann including tour guide and music with refreshments

6.00 Arrival at Portglenone Jetty with bus transportation back to RVACC

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