Reawakening the Ulster Folk Museum
Connect with the past. Make sense of the present. Build the future.
From the outset, the Ulster Folk Museum was imbued with a communitarian spirit that took pride in the way of life of the people of Ulster, past and present. Those who helped found the museum travelled the breadth of the province to identify buildings to relocate, collect objects, oral histories and photographs, and build a comprehensive picture of the rich social fabric of Ulster and the lives and cultural traditions of its people. Throughout its past, the museum has kept evolving to respond to social change and conflict in Northern Ireland, always illustrating that we are better equipped to face the problems of the present if armed with a fuller knowledge of the past.
As we look to the problems of the present - rapid technological advancement, social division, disconnection and isolation, and environmental degradation - the knowledge and collections held within the museum still have an important role to play.
Through the creation of more ways to get involved in the museum, the project will create active links between past and present and will position the museum as an essential heritage and environmental resource that will serve as a hub of connection - to ourselves, to each other, and to the environment.
On this page you'll find ways to keep up to date with the Reawakening and join us on our journey.
The development of this project is supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund thanks to National Lottery players.
Watch this space
We have exciting plans to invest in enabling infrastructure at the Ulster Folk Museum to support its reawakening. These plans will be ready to view online from Friday 24th March and at a drop-in event at Ulster Folk Museum on Thursday 20th April and at Ulster Museum on Friday 21st April.