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Heritage Skills

Learn about the skills of the past as they're used today.

Weavers loom
The Ulster Folk Museum preserves the buildings and objects of the past. They can tell us all about how people lived. But did you know that the Ulster Folk Museum also preserves the skills of the past?
From weaving to smithing, from carpentry to needlework, the knowledge and skills of the people of Ulster were simply a part of daily life and how the world was made and remade every day.

Each day at the Ulster Folk Museum, you have the opportunity to watch heritage skills in action. Some are heritage skills designed to keep buildings looking well and in working order, such as carpentry, blacksmithing, and thatching. Some are designed to keep people looking well and in working order, such as needlework, linen weaving, and cooking. All of the heritage skills we showcase keep traditional skills alive for the enjoyment of future generations. 

Here you can find out more about these traditional heritage skills: what they are, where they came from, what they produce, and how to do them.