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Randalstown ARCHES Association wins National Lottery Support

From left to right – Noel McMullan (ARCHES Member), Mairead McCormack (Artist), Sheelagh Hillan MBE (Director of Randalstown ARCHES), George Graham OBE (Director of Randalstown ARCHES), Brian McGookin MBE (Director of Randalstown ARCHES), Elisha Devlin (Community Development Officer for Randalstown ARCHES)

Randalstown ARCHES has received a National Lottery grant of £8,900 for an exciting heritage project, Sharing Heritage Re-Think – an educational project and exhibition on the history of linen and flax in Randalstown. This project has been made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the project focuses on preserving the history of the Old Bleach and bringing the story to life.

The project will be a collaboration between Randalstown ARCHES, Randalstown Historical society, Mairead McCormack (Artist) Catherine O’Hara (Researcher, Ulster University) Randalstown Women’s Institute, St Benedicts College, Groggan Primary School, Maine Integrated Primary School, ….

The project has been timed to coincide and be part of the Linen Biennale Northern Ireland 2018. Supported through the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), the project will enable local young people discover the origins and explore the history of the Old Bleach and stimulate new thinking about Ireland’s oldest textile products: flax and linen. The project will involve three elements, Exhibitions, Workshops and Talks, Research and Archives.

Commenting on the award, George Graham, Chairman for Randalstown ARCHES said: “We are thrilled to have received this support thanks to National Lottery players and are confident the project will preserve the history of the Old Bleach and allow for younger generations to understand their heritage.

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