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Heritage for all: Sharing heritage

National Heritage Week 2021 is all about getting as many people involved in heritage as possible. This year, the Heritage Council is encouraging project organisers to connect with a group or individuals in their community who may not feel included in local heritage. Organisers can also take this opportunity to explore an aspect of local heritage that is seldom considered or celebrated.

To inspire you, here are some projects that have taken this approach:

  • Pavee Point Traveller & Roma Centre in Dublin created a series of online videos documenting Traveller tinsmithing, a craft that was ideally suited to the nomadic lifestyle. The project documents the heritage of Travellers working in particular regions, visiting the settled population to sell their handmade tin vessels, as well as the vocabulary that developed around the craft. More…
  • Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland University of Medicine and Health Services presented Woman on the Walls, a virtual exhibition that celebrated the legacy and raised the visibility of women’s contributions to the medical field. The exhibition was comprised of portraits of female healthcare professionals, which hang in the board room of RCSI in Dublin’s city centre. More…
  • The Cork Jewish Culture Virtual Walk documented the history and culture of Cork’s Jewish community, which at its height in around 1915 comprised of about 450 members. The video includes a guided walking tour of seven Jewish sites in the city, as well as stories, poems, and music of Cork’s Jewish community, past and present. More…

Remember, all projects shared on heritageweek.ie by Monday 30th August will be considered for a National Heritage Award. Register as a project organiser here.