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Plantation to Partition

Name of Project: Plantation to Partition
Lead Partner: Derry City Council
Grant Awarded: £70,000

Plantation to Partition aimed to create an opportunity for local communities across the NW Cluster to participate in a programme that would nurture greater understanding and promote the positive remembrance and commemoration of historical events and anniversaries. The project in particular examined the 400th anniversary of the Plantation of Ulster, Emigration and its legacy, the Easter Rising, the anniversary and legacy of the Ulster Covenant, and the Partition of Ireland.

A total of 8 community based groups from the North West and Donegal participated in a series of workshops which explored the legacy and impacts on present day. Importantly, while the workshops were delivered to each community on a single identity basis, a process of pairing groups allowed participants to share and discuss each other’s perspective on their history, as well as hosting a visit and a tour of their respective areas. In addition to the workshops a cross community archaeological dig examining a Plantation settlement in Dunnalong, Co Tyrone took place in August 2012, which was attended by the participating groups and an additional 100 participants.

The programme also delivered a series of one-off events which were open to the wider public. The most successful of these was the re-enactment of a ‘Hedge School’ in Letterkenny, Co Donegal to mark the 400th anniversary of the signing of the Ulster Covenant, hosted by a panel of historians and academics.

All aspects of the programme encouraged greater community understanding and healing as well as promoting positive remembrance/commemoration. It also challenged many participants misperceptions relating to historical events and has promoted opportunities for exploring these issues on a cross community and cross border basis.

Other partners in this project included: Heritage & Museum Service, Derry City Council; Omagh District Council; Strabane District Council; Donegal County Council; and Donegal County Museum.

The Legacy Celebration Events Programme is a project supported by the European Union's PEACE III Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body and delivered by the North West PEACE III Partnership of Derry City Council, Omagh District Council, and Strabane District Council.

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