Ballinascreen Historical Society receives £9,800 windfall

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BALLINASCREEN Historical Society has received a £9,800 windfall from Culture for All.

The money will go towards producing a publication and as well as a series of events and workshops, looking at the 53 town lands that make up the portion of County Londonderry occupied by the Drapers’ Company of London, as part of the plantation of Ulster.

The events will explore and celebrate customs, culture and history of each of the town lands and will include oral history sessions, exhibitions, old photographs and folklore.

Ballinascreen is one of 33 groups across Northern Ireland awarded grants totalling £256,567 from Big Lottery Fund and Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s Culture for All programme.

Joanne McDowell, Big Lottery Fund NI Director, said: “The Big Lottery Fund and Arts Council of Northern Ireland are delighted to announce these grants. Culture for All was a great success and gave communities across Northern Ireland the chance to be a part of one of the world’s most significant cultural events in 2013.

“We are delighted with the range of arts and culture projects from across Northern Ireland that we have been able to support which link to the City of Culture celebrations and benefit their local community.”

The Draperstown-based historical group was formed in the early 1980’s and has produced a series of publications charting local history over the years.