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Ulster-Scots hub and visitor centre opens in Belfast

The new Ulster-Scots Hub and Visitor Centre has been officially opened in Belfast.

The Corn Exchange building in Gordon Street, in the city's thriving Cathedral Quarter, is now home to all of the main Ulster-Scots organisations.

The Discover Ulster-Scots centre houses a new exhibition of the link between Scotland and Ulster, particularly in recent centuries.

Matthew Warwick, education officer for the Ulster-Scots community Network, explained: "We have many exhibitions featuring the history of the people who came here as part of the Plantation of Ulster, many of whom went on to make major impacts on history, not only here but particularly in America.

"The exhibition also highlights the language they brought with them and their cultural traditions such as music and dance."

The Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure contributed £340,000 to the project - and Culture Minister Caral Ni Chuilin performed the official opening.

"This is not a reflection of one community. It is part of our shared heritage and it belongs to us all," she said.

The centre plans to run a wide range of activities, including historical talks, Ulster-Scots music sessions, drama productions and schools' workshops.

Belfast Telegraph