Belfast Telegraph

Seamus Heaney centre wins award

The Seamus Heaney centre in Co Londonderry has won an award for excellence.

Seamus Heaney HomePlace in Bellaghy was named best visitor centre by the Association for Heritage Interpretation (AHI).

It has just celebrated its first anniversary, having welcomed more than 40,000 visitors.

Mid Ulster District Council chair Kim Ashton said: "This is a prestigious award and the perfect finish to our first anniversary celebrations.

"We know the judges were impressed by the exhibition spaces, the themes and the connections between the man, the place and the poetry which is done in such an engaging way and their reaction echoes the remarkable responses we have had from our visitors.

"This is another well-deserved accolade for HomePlace and everyone who has been involved in its creation, opening and ongoing development."

The council owns and operates HomePlace.

The AHI awards recognise excellence in cultural and natural heritage interpretation across Britain and Ireland and also share, encourage and showcase good interpretive practice.

A judging panel visited HomePlace and other entrants during the summer and the winners in all categories were announced at an AHI conference in Inverness.

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