The Ministerial Advisory Group Ulster Scots Academy has marked a major landmark in Ireland’s history today as it launched a Town Charters Exhibition at Belfast City Hall.
2013 marks the 400th anniversary since King James 1st first granted the town charters around the Island.
A completed research project and exhibition, devised in partnership with the Ulster Historical Foundation and supported by the Ulster Scots Agency, was unveiled today which includes a dedicated map, brochure, a community outreach programme and a travelling exhibition.
This programme will provide the public with an opportunity to delve into the informative and insightful world of our town’s histories. Members of the public will be encouraged to visit the exhibition as it tours around various venues, including museums, libraries and small businesses in the North of Ireland over the next six months.
Speaking about the launch of the exhibition the Minister for Culture Arts and Leisure, Carál Ní Chuilín said: “I’m delighted to support this event to mark the 400th anniversary of the founding of many towns not just around Ulster but also the whole of Ireland. This project is a prime example of efforts being made to bring knowledge to the fore in our communities, from a purely historical point of view. The project partners are looking forward to bringing this exhibition to various towns around the Island and adding historical value to the communities that it reaches.
“Exhibitions like this play a crucial role in educating and informing young people in our communities and bringing us closer to a shared all inclusive future.”
To find out more about the Town Charters Project and Travelling Exhibition visit http://www.dcalni.gov.uk/ulster-scots