Belfast Telegraph

College course to unlock memories

The Ulster People’s College is offering up to 15 free spaces on a course that should unlock local memories and lead to a piece of artwork or a book.

The People’s History Initiative will support groups and local residents to tell the story and history of Alexandra Park in the form of an exhibition or a book.

Participants will have the opportunity to collect information and discuss the themes they have chosen. They will learn how to study old photographs and newspapers, how to interview people and collect their stories and how to use street directories to uncover the past.

The course will provide a great opportunity for participants to delve into two separate time periods of this Victorian north Belfast park and use the information gathered in future plans for the community and regeneration of the park.

There will be 12 sessions, each lasting two hours and they will be held in Groundwork NI's Resource Regeneration Centre at 63-75 Duncairn Gardens, Belfast on Wednesday evenings. The course is accredited at OCN Level 2.

Karen McCartney, from the Ulster People's College, said: “This will be a great opportunity for local residents to explore the diverse history of this Victorian Park in North Belfast.

“Participants will explore the social history of the park, how people lived, interacted and socialised. Participants will develop a book on the history of the park and current efforts to regenerate the park and in the process learn new skills and gain an OCN Level II accreditation.”

For further information or to book a place contact Karen McCartney at the Ulster People's College on 028 9033 0131 or kmccartney@upclearn.org

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