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Over the years, Donegal County Museum has participated in various local, national and International projects.

 

Some of our most recent projects include:

 

 

UnCover & ReDiscover Your Locality' Project

 

Donegal County Museum and the Donegal Volunteer Centre are inviting you to contribute a short article or photographs on what you have have uncovered or even rediscovered about your locality. We have received funding to publish this booklet from the The ‘KEEP WELL’ campaign, which is is brought to you with thanks to Healthy Ireland an initiative of the Government of Ireland with funding from the Healthy Ireland Fund.

 

Submission Form is available here:

Uncover & ReDiscover Your Locality Submission Form

 

 

Echoes of the Decade – Peace IV Project

 

Donegal County Museum and Donegal County Archives are currently involved in the Echoes of the Decade project whichfocuses on the history of the revolutionary years (1912 – 1924) and its legacy in County Donegal. The project is funded through the European Union's PEACE IV Programme managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).

The project began in January 2020 with children and young people participating in a series of workshops which explored the Decade of Centenaries. During the lockdown in early 2020, our project coordinator Alarnagh Barrett-McGinley, continued work on the project in the virtual world. Children, young people,  local history groups and the public took part in on-line history challenges, an oral history project and shared stories and photos on the Echoes of the Decade facebook group page. 

 See 

www.facebook.com/groups/2638116699794668

With the end of the Covid-19 Lockdown in 2020, the project had resumed delivering remote workshops to about 150 children throughout Donegal, which explore the history of the period through drama, oral history and creative writing.  

Oral historian, Regina Fitzpatrick has also completed a series of oral history interviews as part of the project. These interviews will form part of the Archives collection of Donegal County Council. 

 

During 2021, a major exhibition exploring the history of the Revolutionary Years in Donegal (1919- 1925) will be created and curated by Donegal County Museum.

 

 

Connected Culture and Natural Heritage in a Northern Environment (CINE)

 

Between 2017 and 2020 the Museum was involved with the CINE project, a collaborative digital heritage project between partners from Norway, Iceland, Ireland and Scotland and funded by the Northern and Arctic Periphery Programme (ERDF).  The partners in Ireland were Donegal County Museum and Ulster University’s School of Computing, Engineering and Intelligent Systems. The aim of the CINE project was to transform people’s experiences of heritage through technology. Using new digital interfaces such as augmented reality, virtual world technology, and easy to use apps the project aimed to enable communities to preserve and promote their heritage and bring the past alive. Behind the scenes the CINE project developed toolkits to help remote and sparsely populated areas preserve and present their cultural and natural heritage in innovative ways. 

 

In Donegal, Donegal County Museum and Ulster University worked with two communities – Killybegs and Inch Island. We delivered workshops on photogrammetry and the creation of simple 360 videos. Then using research gathered by the Killybegs History and Heritage group we developed a new website www.virtualstcatherines.net which allows people to visualise the built heritage of St Catherine’s Church and graveyard in Killybegs from a new perspective. 

 

 

During 2020, our facilitator Guy Barriscale worked with the community of Inch Island, to gather stories, images and artefacts relating to the history of the island. 

Using the material collected we created www.inchheritage.org a virtual exhibition which showcases the history and heritage of Inch Island.

 

 

 

Following this case study a Community Coproduction Best Practice manual was created entitled Meitheal http://coproductionguide.com/ 

 

 

Finally, to bring all of our  work on the CINE project together in one place, the partners developed www.cinecommunities.org 

which provides a series of ‘getting started’, guides for a range of digital tools to assist communities in creating and presenting their heritage.  

 

 

Re-imagine Project with the Irish Architectural Foundation

 

In 2019 and 2020 the Museum collaborated with An Grianan Theatre and the Regional Culture Centre (RCC) in Letterkenny on Reimagine, an Irish Architecture Foundation project, supported by the Creative Ireland Programme’s National Creativity Fund.  Reimagine is a community-led architecture and design programme, which brings together local communities, architects, designers and planners to develop projects which will enhance the local built environment. As part of Reimagine Letterkenny, the cultural partners worked with Pasparakis Friel Architects, to design and install temporary signage and way finding markers to promote the physical linkage between the Museum, the Theatre and the RCC.  Pasparakis Friel  have also developed the concept of a cultural quarter linking these buildings which could form part of the master planning process for Letterkenny funded through the Urban Regeneration and Development Fund.

 

For more information:

https://www.facebook.com/LKCD-Letterkenny-Cultural-District-102305154719376/

 

https://www.lkcd.ie/

 

 

The ‘Reimagine…’ project is supported by the Creative Ireland Programme’s National Creativity Fund.
For further information on Reimagine…, visit: https://architecturefoundation.ie/news/reimagine/.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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