Volunteers celebrate success at Heritage Angel Awards

Back row: Jayne Clarke, Museum & Heritage Manager, Patricia McConnell, Carnlough Volunteer & Chairperson of Carnlough Community Association, Emer Gallagher, Carnlough volunteer, Donald Bell, Museum access officer, Paul Mullan, Director of Northern Ireland, National Lottery Heritage Fund. Front row: Claire Torrens, Museum Administration officer, Deputy Mayor Beth Adger, Mary Watson, Carnlough volunteer, Kathleen McCormick, Carnlough volunteer. CREDIT: LiamMcArdle.com

VOLUNTEERS at Carnlough Heritage Hub have been crowned winners in the Best Heritage Research and Interpretation category at the 2019 Heritage Angels Awards ceremony in Armagh.

These annual awards aim to celebrate unsung angels of local heritage – individuals or groups, who have rescued an historic building or site, worked as craftsmen or apprentices, or recorded and interpreted a historic place.

It isn’t just about heritage, but the people that make heritage projects happen. Showcasing what is possible when people take interest in and take action for the care and consideration of our heritage.

Deputy Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Beth Adger, said: “With over 80 applications, across 60 projects entering into this year’s awards I am thrilled by the news that Carnlough Heritage volunteers, supported by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, have won in the Best Heritage Research and Interpretation category.”

The Hub’s exhibition explores the history of settlers from the Stone Age, to industrialists of the 19th Century who developed the harbour, Limestone quarry and mineral railway line.

It also covers the natural and geological resources of the area, highlighting its beautiful landscape and maritime history.

It is a community resource, which was funded by Heritage Lottery and Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, also aims to showcase more of what is on offer for visitors to Carnlough and encourages them to explore deeper into the local area.

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