The Ulster Folk Museum was founded in the 1950s to preserve knowledge of ways of life that had altered little for centuries, but was fast disappearing to a changing world. It represents the story of the ‘ploughed field’, not the ‘battlefield’. With a dedicated team and an enthusiastic public, the early years of the museum were spent collecting oral histories and cataloguing donated objects. The founders of the museum believed that it could provide a sense of meaning in a world that was undergoing fast and dramatic societal and technological change.
We believe that today, more than ever, the Ulster Folk Museum is a vital heritage and environmental resource that can support inclusivity, community cohesion, better wellbeing, skills development, and new sustainable thinking.
The Reawakening is simply this: a plan to reconnect with the founding ethos of the museum offering people of Ulster a place to learn about their heritage and find connection to the land, to community, and to themselves. We plan to do so by creating new partnerships with local organisations, including those focused on the environment and wellbeing, and by creating new ways for people to get involved in the museum's activities.