Medieval Viking Experience

60 Primary School children will experience the Interactive Medieval history Village in Ballydugan, Downpatrick. They have the opportunity to step back in time and learn about the dark Ages in Ireland.

The young people will see how to make and taste traditional foods from the era, visit the textile worker and the herbalist, try their hands at longbow archery and axe throwing as well as many more ancient crafts and skill.

Shared City, Shared History

Local secondary schools will explore the shared and sometimes divided history of the historic walled city by visiting the Siege Museum as well as the Museum of Free Derry.

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History of the Headstones

Local secondary schools will explore the shared and sometimes divided history of the historic walled city by visiting the Siege Museum as well as the Museum of Free Derry.

Ards and North Down Borough Council – Good Relations Week 2023 – Shared History

The Ards and North Down Borough Council’s Good Relation’s Shared history programme –

A shared history programme exploring the history of Londonderry/Derry. Four cross community trips to “The Siege Museum” and the “Museum of Free Derry”.

Participants learn about both the Siege of Londonderry/Derry, the formation of the Apprentice Boys and Bloody Sunday, formation of The Bloody Sunday Trust and the ongoing search for justice with a facilitated tour and seminar.

Between the visits to the Museums, we will have two online seminars from the facilitators of the Museums, allowing participants to gain more knowledge and ask questions.

Seminars are delivered on Zoom @ 7pm

Tuesday 19th September – William Moore – Past Governor and current General Secretary of the Apprentice Boys

Wednesday 20th September – John Kelly – Relation, campaigner and facilitator for The Bloody Sunday Trust.

Harvest Season at Ulster Folk Museum

Harvest is an important time of year and marks the culmination of the agricultural season when crops cultivated throughout the year are finally ready for gathering and processing.

It is a time of celebration and hard work with deep-rooted cultural and historical significance. Communities came together during the harvest season to help each other gather crops and store them for the winter months. The spirit of cooperation and camaraderie was evident as neighbours supported one another in this labour-intensive process. There were always jobs to be done in the harvest season – vegetables and fruits to be picked, crops to be harvested, corn to be threshed and ground, flax to be pulled and food to be preserved in preparation for the long winter months.

But harvest wasn’t only a time of hard work and was also a joyous celebration of the abundance of nature; fairs and feasts would have been a common occurrence through the season.

For the whole month of September, visit the Ulster Folk Museum  to explore and celebrate harvest and our close connection to the land and to each other. During your visit you can explore our beautiful exhibit buildings dressed for harvest and learn about traditional harvest activities. Our visitor guides will be busy making potato bread and butter and our craft demonstrators will be busy on harvest themed work. There are plenty of walks to take in the autumnal hues of the woods and farmlands as you watch the season turn and the work of harvest unfold.

Bad Bridget at Ulster American Folk Park

The Bad Bridget exhibition at Ulster American Folk Park (on display until April 2024) tells the stories of the thousands of women who left Ireland for North America between 1838 and 1918. Many of whom found themselves facing troubles and struggling to survive.

Through a sensory experience of the lives of these women, visitors are taken on a journey beginning with their lives in Ireland, their experiences of life alone at sea to seeking jobs once they landed in America; as well as the real life experiences of living in poverty within the tenement housing of the period.

Bad Bridget is a continuing collaboration between  the museum, Queen’s University Belfast and  Ulster University and is based on significant research carried out by Dr Elaine Farrell and Dr Leanne McCormick.

Cúl Trá-il at Ulster Folk Museum

Did you know: ‘Cúl Trá-il’ is derived from the Irish place name for Cultra (Baile Chúl Trá)?

This self-guided, educational trail at Ulster Folk Museum allows visitors to explore the rich and diverse language traditions associated with Irish-English, Irish and Ulster Scots. As you tour, you’ll get to explore the story of the Irish language through the places and people of the Ulster Folk Museum. The trail has been titled Cúl Trá-il, with its meaning derived from the Irish place name for Cultra (Baile Chúl Trá).

This is the first part of our wider ‘Languages of Ulster’ project, with research currently underway to introduce an Ulster Scots trail that celebrates local languages and culture as the next part. Choose to enjoy the trail using an illustrated map, which can be requested at admissions.

History Tour - Good Relations Week 2023

History Walk – Good Relations Week

A historical walk on Saturday 23rd September 2023 around Cushendun noting places of importance and how Gaeilge was once the main language taking place.  A very interesting walk which is like a journey back in time about life in the area.

We aim to bring people together to hear and learn about the local history – everyone is welcome!

Meeting in St Patrick’s Church Car Park at 1.15pm.

To book please contact Máirtín (07811833590) or Áine Máire (07515809019) or email