£1million investment for Northern Ireland’s Great Places

Bangor to benefit from Great Place investment
Four special places in Northern Ireland are today celebrating a £1million investment to help shape their future development.

They are the first awards to be made in Northern Ireland through the National Lottery’s ground-breaking Great Place scheme, and will help the communities to explore how their unique heritage can be used to shape the future of these places and tackle wider issues such as poverty, employment, health and education.

“It will bring together new and existing partnerships to explore new ways to utilise the unique heritage of these special places.”Paul Mullan, Head of HLF in Northern Ireland

Announcing the successful projects, Paul Mullan, Head of HLF in Northern Ireland, said: “Thanks to National Lottery players, this £1m investment will enable a step-change in thinking as partnerships deliver projects that put heritage and culture at the very heart of their vision for their own future.  It will bring together new and existing partnerships to explore new ways to utilise the unique heritage of these special places, stimulating regeneration and growth, and helping to address the wider social issues that affect each place.” 

The four Great Places

1. North Belfast Old to New - £237,700

This scheme will focus on one of Belfast’s most historic areas, a one-mile stretch of North Belfast starting in Donegall Street and ending on the Crumlin Road.  The area’s unique built heritage and authentic character will be used as a catalyst for sustainable regeneration, with cultural and educational organisations working together to develop a cohesive place-based plan to showcase the heritage of this part of the city.   

2. Seaside Revival:  Bangor-by-the-sea - £210,000

A creative arts programme incorporating activities, events and performances will be used to transform Bangor into a modern seaside destination with a distinct cultural offering.  Innovative partnerships will explore new ways to bring the rich history and culture of the town to life, creating opportunities to reimagine the area and stimulate growth.

3. The Arney River Heritage Corridor – Connecting Our Communities Through Our Heritage, History and Culture -  £270,000

Heritage, culture and outdoor recreation will be used to link the rural and semi-rural communities along the Arney River Heritage Corridor that extends from Cuilcagh Mountain to Lough Erne.  The communities of Cleenish, Bellanaleck, Arney, Killesher and Florence Court will be better connected to their local heritage and each other through the creation of new community-led trails, whilst the cultural and natural heritage of the area will be explored and celebrated through a range of activities including archaeological digs, summer schools, folklore and rural craft workshops, citizen science and arts activities.  

4. Coalisland and East Tyrone: The Historical Manufacturing Base of Mid Ulster - £312,100

This scheme will explore the rich manufacturing legacy of the people of Coalisland and East Tyrone.  New partnerships will be developed to create opportunities for local people to build skills capacity, revive lost artisan and manufacturing skills and celebrate the area’s industrial manufacturing heritage through the medium of arts and culture.

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